Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court has expressed satisfaction on the state of educational facilities being provided to the jail inmates in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. In a bid to ensure prosperous future to the prisoners of the jails in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the administration is providing technical knowledge along with the basic education to the jail inmates. The facilities are aimed at providing these people with opportunities so that they could be able to earn their livelihood not only during their jail term but even after their release. This information was given by the administration of the two states and Chandigarh administration during hearing of a case in the High court.

The discussion on this matter came after a prisoner sent a letter to the High court expressing his desire to study. The prisoner in his letter had said that while serving the jail-term, he wanted to study MBA, but the jail administration did not provide him the facilities which he had sought. Taking cognizance over the prisoner’s letter, the High Court issued a notice to the Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana administration seeking a reply on the matter.

In their reply the administrations of the three states filed an affidavit stating that they were already imparting technical knowledge to the jail inmates besides providing basic education to them.
The respective governments and authorities have said that in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) they are already running the educational programme to impart higher education and technical knowledge to the prisoners.

Terming the government’s steps as progressive the court preferred to close the case.

JPN/Bureau