LAHORE: Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar inaugurated the prison management information system (PMIS) at a ceremony held at the Civil Secretariat here on Tuesday.
On this occasion, the chief minister was told that digital monitoring of prisoners, staff and other matters would be made possible through this modern system which had been launched in seven different prisons in the province. The scope of PMIS will be gradually increased to all prisons to maintain digital records and monitor the movements of prisoners and other activities during their confinement. Likewise, visitor records will also be maintained.
The chief minister was directed to complete the actions needed for prison manual amendments and prison actions and agreed to establish PCOs in all provincial prisons. The meeting decided to take steps to increase the capacity of the Punjab prison to accommodate 10,000 other prisoners. CM in principle gave approval to post-grad the prison staff, a laundry system in addition to building new bathrooms in the prison. It was decided to increase the strength of doctors and paramedics as needed, besides establishing a development directorate for the prison department.
Speaking on this occasion, the chief minister said that organized prison reform had begun after a period of 100 years adding that he visited the prison to check on their condition. Detainees will be given all facilities in accordance with the prison manual, he is assured and directed to provide air conditioners and water coolers in all prisons.
ACS (House) Momin Ali Agha explained that steps had been taken to protect prisoners from the corona virus because 1,584 detainees had been moved from congested Lahore prisons to other places and a hospital with 100 fully functioning beds in Prison Camp In addition, 84 prisoners, out of 1,680 prisoners, have been tested for the corona virus. Only seven positive corona virus patients are being treated in all prisons while high security prisons will soon be functioning in Mianwali. Likewise professional training of prison staff has been arranged at the Punjab Sahiwal Prison Staff College, he added.
The chief minister chaired another meeting at the Civil Secretariat where the energy secretary gave a briefing on energy projects in Punjab.
The meeting decided to transfer the sewerage project and Wasa water supply and street lights to solar energy at all the provincial division’s headquarters. The meeting in principle gave approval to introduce solar-based projects for 50 to 100 houses and CM was directed to design projects to supply electricity directly to industry through the provincial grid station.
The chief minister also approved an increase in the solar wall project in Kala Shah Kaku adding that the Renewable Energy Training Center would be established in Bahawalpur while the Solar Excellence Center for Testing and Solar Power Training would be established in Multan. The government intends to make electricity-producing units a profitable entity and standard building codes must be implemented strictly to save electricity, he added. He directed the relevant departments to reduce the electricity bills of government buildings and added that solar systems would be installed in additional places for hydroelectric power plants.
The meeting was informed that a hydro power system consisting of bio and solar energy would be installed in three villages initially and a 150 megawatt waste-to-energy project would be completed as soon as possible. The chief minister is directed to install the solar system in schools where electricity is not available and instructed to promote solar technology in the tribal areas because it is the best choice for promoting a green environment.
The chief minister was directed to set up a canteen at different quarantine facilities, including the Expo Center field hospital so that prisoners could choose their favorite food. The use of PPE will be an obligation for canteen staff.
The meeting was held at the Civil Secretariat under the chair of the CM to formulate a house quarantine SoPs. The Secretary of Specialized Healthcare explained the meeting about the proposed SOP and added that internationally recognized guidelines would be given in black and white because the protection of family members was the first priority. The government-appointed team will also visit the houses to check the quality of the quarantine and a written statement must be given to select the house quarantine. It is necessary to keep citizens coming from abroad under reservation for 14 days and they will be given the choice to choose a quarantine center or government hotel. Coronavirus test results will be given within 24 hours and patients must be quarantined if the results are positive. He was directed to adopt the mechanism of transfer of patients that is very easy to their district.
Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid explained that the tandoor has been installed to provide fresh bread at the Expo Center, fruit and salads will also be provided along with food while hygiene arrangements are improved.
The chief minister expressed deep sadness over the death of workers due to the collapse of a building in Rawalpindi.
He expressed sympathy for the families left behind and requested a report from Commissioner Rawalpindi adding that all-out resources could be used to save workers who were under rubble.
The chief minister expressed deep sadness over the loss of human lives due to a traffic accident in Burewala and requested a report from the government. He expressed sympathy for the families left behind and directed the administration to provide the best health care for the wounded.
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