STD facility for jail inmates was inaugurated at Model Jail, Chandigarh by Sh. Anil Kumar, IAS, Home Secretary, U.T. Chandigarh. Sh. Maneesh Chaudhry, IPS, Inspector General of Prisons, U.T., Chandigarh presided over the function and welcomed the Chief Guest. Process of providing STD facility for jail inmates was initiated on the directions of Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court.
Home secretary Said that it is good initiative in the process of reformation and in the fulfillment of Human right of prisoners to communicate with family. He said that it will be very helpful for those whose family has to travel from very distant places to meet their wards. This facility will be available to inmates for 5 minutes once a week.
Sh. Balbir Singh Dhol, PCS, Additional I.G.Prs. said that this is the first jail after Tihar jail to give such facility to its inmates. This facility will be made available to only those inmates who will maintain good conduct during their incarceration period. Telephone number of the prisoners will be saved in the system along with their particular and Bio-ID. Whenever a prisoner will be allowed to call he can make call by applying his thumb on Bio-ID reader. The system will record 100 % conversation and will store it for appropriate time for future retrieval.