HYDERABAD: Stating categorically that about 5 per cent of the prison staff across the state who indulge in corruption of various ways are not amenable to mend their ways, Vinoy Kumar Singh, Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services, Telangana state on Tuesday announced a four-stage process to ensure corruption- free prisons.
While motivating and encouraging the personnel to be fair and honest at work after taking a pledge is the first stage, he said the staff would be provided interactive sessions with psychologists, spiritual leaders and intellectuals on why one should be honest, as a second stage in the process.
According to him, about 20 per cent of the staff who will not be amenable to suggestions and counselling will be given stern warnings in the third stage. In the final stage, he said, those five per cent who will not mend their ways will be awarded exemplary punishments.
Speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday, Singh said several measures were being taken to ensure the welfare of prison staff. Prison staff of Hyderabad Central Prison and Special Prison for Women, Hyderabad have already taken oath to lead a corrupt-free life on September 23. ‘‘ So on October 2, we have decided that all personnel of prison department across the state will take oath of personal integrity,” he said.
By next month 11 jails including three central prisons, the special prison for women in Hyderabad and seven district jails and 10 courts will have video conferencing facility. ‘’This will minimise wastage of time, man power and energy,” the DG said.