348 mobile phones seized in raids across Delhi jails during 2.5 months: Authorities
Jail authorities have recovered more than 340 mobile phones in jails across the national capital during the last two-and-a-half months, a senior official said on Thursday.
In a statement issued to the media, Director General (Prisons) (DG) Sanjay Baniwal revealed that the jail authorities found 348 mobile phones in two-and-a-half months. Baniwal said that the jail authorities conducted a raid in jail number 3 and seized 18 mobile phones and chargers, adding that 348 mobile phones have been seized over the last two months.
The officer said that jail superintendents have developed strong intelligence in the prisons and started conducting raids to send the criminal world a strong message.
The DG said that the authorities have set 23 targets for 2023, among them is making jails completely phone free and setting up problem redressal system for the inmates. He added that jammers will be inside the premises so that using a phone inside prisons would become impossible.
On the alleged involvement of insiders who help procure mobile phones for inmates and smuggle them inside the jail premises, Baniwal admitted the involvement of the prison staff in the act, promising that stringent action will be taken against those found guilty.
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He said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is also being singed with the Art of Living Foundation to strengthen the mental well-being of the inmates.
The senior officer said that the President and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi instructed that arrangements should be made inside the jails to impart skill development training to the inmates so that they may get gainful employment when released.
He informed that under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), a total of 1,020 jail inmates are getting trained in tourism and hospitality which will end in three months.
The DG said that skill development training in stitching high-end clothes under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, will be imparted to around 1,000 inmates in order to help them gain employment or becomes entrepreneurs by opening their own businesses under the Micro Units Development & Refinance Agency (Mudra) loan, once they complete their prison terms.
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