Central jail being shifted to Keraniganj by June: PM

Central jail being shifted to Keraniganj by June: PM

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Dhaka Central Jail will be shifted to Keraniganj from Lalbagh by June next while nine acres land of the existing prison will be utilized for construction of a park with opening of two museums in central jail for public.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while inaugurating ‘Kara Saptaha-2014′ (prison week-2014) at Kashimpur Prison Campus Parade Field on Tuesday.
Sheikh Hasina said her government is running the jail administration with the principle – ‘Hate the Sin not the Sinner’. So the government is implementing massive programmes for improvement of jail atmosphere.Congratulating the prison officials and employees marking the Kara Week the Prime Minister said the week is being observed after a span of seven years. She hoped that the observance of the day will enhance working spirit among the prison workers and ensure disciplined and safe custody of the prisoners.
The Prime Minister said the Awami League government after taking office in 1996, had taken projects for construction of 36 prisons in the country including its headquarters.
The prisoners and entire jail administration are now enjoying its benefit, she said adding steps were taken for safe drinking water and hygiene atmosphere.
State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan and IG Prison Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin received the Prime Minister as she arrived at the parade ground. PM inaugurated the Jail Week through releasing pigeons and balloons.
Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque, PM’s advisors, parliament members and senior government officials were present.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government has started relocation of 100 years old dilapidated Khulna District Jail and Sylhet Central Jail for widening their spaces. New prisons were already inaugurated in Brahamanbaria, Jhenaidah, Chandpur, Meherpur, Gopalganj, Natore, Nilphamari and Netrokona districts while construction of new jails in Dinajpur, Sunamganj, Kishoreganj, Feni, Madaripur and Pirozpur are going on.
Renovation work of Chittagong Central Jail has been completed and new perimeter of Dhaka Central Jail was constructed, she added.
Later, the Prime Minister attended a Special Darbar of Jail Keepers where she assured them to fulfill their demands step by step. She said the government actively considering giving ‘Taja Rasad Bhata’ (cash allowance for purchasing fresh food like fish, meat, vegetable and fruits) to the jail keepers.
The prime minister announced introducing ‘gallantry award’ for the jail keepers for their outstanding work and courageous activities during their service. She said the existing manpower of the jail authorities would be strengthened and steps would be taken for safe housing facilities of the jail keepers. – agencies

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