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FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND STEP TOWARDS JAIL REFORMS


DRIVE IN PUNJAB JAILS TO DIAGNOSE DRUG ABUSE AMONG INMATES

· AS PART OF PILOT PROJECT, ALL INMATES WERE SCREENED AT ROOPNAGAR JAIL

· MOVE AIMS TO MAKE PUNJAB JAILS DRUGS-FREE, GIVING DE-ADDICTION AND REHABILITATION TREATMENT TO INMATES FALLEN PREY TO DRUGS

ROOPNAGAR, (Global News) In order to make prisons of the state free from illegal drugs and provide an option to inmates to undergo de-addiction and get rehabilitated, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab Government on Sunday taking first-of-its-kind step towards jail reforms in the country launched 'Drug Screening Drive' for diagnosing drug abuse among inmates.

Under the pilot project, the Roopnagar District Jail has successfully conducted screening of all the 950 inmates present in the jail. The screening was conducted in the presence of Special DGP Prisons Harpreet Sing Sidhu, IG Prisons Roop Kumar and DIG Prisons Surinder Singh, and Superintendent Jail Kulwant Singh. Some of the officers from various other prisons across the state also participated for getting first-hand experience in taking up this drive in their respective prisons. The final results of the screening drive will be available within a day after which further action would be initiated.

The brainchild of Punjab Jails Minister Harjot Singh Bains, this state-wide Drug Screening project aims to make prisons free from illegal drugs besides providing provisions to inmates— who have already fallen prey to drugs, to undergo de-addiction treatment and get rehabilitated.

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