More than 340 mobile phones have been found in different Delhi jails in the past two-and-a-half months, official data showed on Thursday.
Director General (Prisons) Sanjay Baniwal told reporters that the jail authorities had found 348 mobile phones in two-and-a-half months.
“On Wednesday, jail authorities raided Jail No. 3 and seized 18 mobile phones and chargers. Jail authorities have confiscated 348 mobile phones in the last more than two months.
“Prisoners have started conducting raids after developing intelligence in prisons. With these actions, the criminal world is now getting a strong message,” Mr Baniwal said.
“In 2023 we set 23 goals. This will be to completely ban phones from prisons and create a problem solving system for inmates. This type of jamming system should be installed so that no one can use the phone in prisons. GD said.
When asked about insider involvement helping inmates get cell phones in prisons, he said: “We recognize the involvement of prison staff in such activities. We have taken strong action against those found guilty in the past and will continue to do so. will be carried out in the future as well”.
Mr. Baniwal also said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is also being tied up with the Art of Living Foundation to enhance the mental well-being of the inmates.
The President and Lt. Governor of Delhi have given instructions that facilities should be provided in jails to train inmates so that they can get employment when they come out of the jails, he said.
A total of 1,020 jail inmates are undergoing training in tourism and hospitality under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM), which will end in three months, the DG said.
“We will train around 1000 prisoners under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana in high-end tailoring skills so that they can start tailoring business through Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency Ltd after they come out of jail and become entrepreneurs. (Mudra) loan,” said the Directorate General of Prisons.
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