Video Conferencing facilities in all Odisha jails by year end: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government is committed towards improving the criminal justice system and soon video conferencing facilities will be available in all jails by this year end, informed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

While handing over appointment letters to 238 new warders at a special function held on Saturday, Patnaik urged the prisons directorate to take special measures for quality training of warders in prison administration and correctional services so that they perform their duties responsibly.

“There is no overcrowding in Odisha jails which is due to continuous efforts to provide legal aide services to inmates, periodic reviews by jail and district administrations. Efforts are on to provide better facilities including for construction of new wards, drinking water and other basic amenities,” said Patnaik.

It is for the first time that new jail warders have been recruited after a gap of almost six years. The recruitment of 238 warders has been done for the first time through Staff Selection Commission.

400 warders were appointed in 2012 and to fill up the vacancies 238 warders have now been recruited through Staff Selection Commission. The population-jail ratio in Odisha is satisfactory with a provision of 87 jails and one open jail here, said a senior official of Prisons Directorate.