Three-pronged plan to combat spread in jails of Punjab - ECAS Punjab

Three-pronged plan to combat spread in jails of Punjab

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20

The Prisons Department has chalked out a three-pronged strategy to effectively combat the Covid-19 situation in prisons across the state.

A state-level monitoring team and district-level teams have already been constituted to monitor the situation and address the problems being faced by the staff as well as prisoners in their day-to-day functioning at the ground level.

In compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court, around 11,500 prisoners have been released on parole/interim bail since March as per the recommendations made by the high-powered committee constituted by the apex court.

In wake of maximum Covid-19 cases coming from Ludhiana, the District Jail, Sangrur, has been vacated to further quarantine all prisoners of the Special Jail, Ludhiana, for 14 days, re-test them for third time and then send them to regular jails.

As many as 1,362 officials have been tested, of which reports of 564 have been received and seven found positive and reports of 821 personnel are still pending.

Nearly 70 prisoners have been found positive in jails across the state. However, as per results so far, none of the prisoners seem to have contracted Covid inside jails. Almost 5,479 prisoners have been tested and reports of 4,287 have come out negative, while the reports of the rest of them are awaited.

Fazilka DC office closed for public

Fazilka: Panic spread at the District Administrative Complex on Monday after father of an employee posted in e-Governance branch in the Deputy Commissioner office tested Covid-19 positive. Sources said the employee has not reported to work from the last one week. Public dealing has been banned at the administrative complex, which houses around 24 departments. Staff of various departments has been asked to sit at a main gate to address quarries of visitors. An official claimed that routine works were being carried by employees inside their respective offices. OC



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