Northeast India witnesses launch of 1st E-Prison Project in Meghalaya

From Our Correspondent

SHILLONG, Apr 26, 2018

In a initial in a Northeast, Meghalaya Home Minister, James Sangma launched the  E-Prison Project (ERP) on Thursday to enumerate jail inmates in a State.

The Union law method had created to arch secretaries of during slightest a dozen states to immediately quit to e-prisons, a program grown by a Centre to confederate all jail information opposite a nation in an try to hurl out long-pending jail reforms and safeguard recover of underneath trials requisitioned for sparse crimes.

The jail supervision will have annals of a cases of all prisoners, their coming in a justice and dates of subsequent appearance, their salary and hospitalization sum detached from a arms and ammunitions with a jail guards.

Talking to journalists shortly after rising a ERP, a state Home Minister pronounced that it is a initial in a NE, that ERP has been launched and it is a try of a state  government to have ERP in all a prisons as it will urge potency to vast extent. At present, there are 5 district jails in Meghalaya and a program will gradually be commissioned in all a district jails

Stating that it is Important for Meghalaya to have a executive jail as stream functioning is usually from the  district jails, a Home Minister pronounced that a reasons are many though they are operative tough so that a prolonged felt need to have a executive jial materialises.

Talking about a overcrowding of prisons in a state, Sangma pronounced that  the Shillong jail is packed over a stipulated normal of 150 percent and a supervision is carefree that with a execution of Nongstion Jail in West Khasi Hills District, a problem of overcrowding will be solved to a good extent.

” The shillong jail is overcrowded. The stipulated normal is 150 percent and we are approach over that. We would like to decongest a jail. The Nongstion jail is not finished and we are perplexing to make it adult and functioning in a really brief camber of time and once that happens we consider we will be means to decongest a jails,” pronounced Sangma.

It might be mentioned that out of an estimated 4.18 lakh prisoners opposite a nation , 67% or about 2.82 lakh are undertrials, many of them requisitioned for sparse crimes like theft. Less than 1.28 lakh in jails are those who have been convicted and are portion their sentence.

The special program grown by a Centre was initial test-checked successfully in Tihar jail as a pilot, though is nonetheless to be commissioned by all states in their prisons. The program creates an warning a impulse an undertrial completes half his jail tenure but bail for an corruption he has been charged with.