MUZAFFARABAD: (Parliament Times) Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana on Sunday visited Central Jail Muzaffarabad, listened to the problems of prisoners and issued directives to the concerned authorities to resolve all their genuine issues.
The Chief Secretary directed the concerned authorities to complete the new under construction building of the central jail at the earliest besides providing prisoners better healthcare and other facilities “The fundamental rights of the prisoners must be protected”, the CS directed.
Mathar Niaz Rana further directed to immediately change and upgrade the menu in order to provide better foodstuff to the inmates. “All those prisoners who require medical checkup must immediately be shifted to hospitals arranging their complete medical treatment”, Niaz directed.
He also asked the jail authorities to provide new blankets and comforters to the prisoners in addition to the installation of geezers considering the harsh winter conditions.
The Chief Secretary said that he will visit and inspect the quality of facilities in all other jails of the state.
He said it is the responsibility of the government to protect the basic rights of the prisoners and their genuine problems would be addressed on priority.
Niaz told that requisite funds would be provided for the prisons in Muzaffarabad, Rawalakot and Bagh districts.
Additional Secretary Home Masood ur Rehman, Principal Staff Officer Chaudhary Mukhtar Hussain, Deputy Superintendent Jail Yasir Mir and officials of Works Department (Buildings) were also present on the occasion.