Board of visitors’ annual meet held in Boomtar Jail

Namchi, 06 Jun [IPR]:

MLA Namthang Rateypani, South Sikkim, Tilu Gurung, who is also the Chairperson of Board of District Prison, Namchi, chaired the annual coordination meeting of the Board of Visitors at Boomtar Jail in Namchi today.

The meeting was also attended by District Collector [South], Prabhakar Verma, District Medical Superintendent, Namchi District Hospital, Dr DC Sharma, Superintendent, District Prison, Santosh Pradhan, Joint Director, Agriculture & Horticulture, Sunita Pradhan, alongside Zilla Panchyat members, prison staff and administrative members.

At the onset of the programme, Ms Gurung and the officials inspected the prison namely the female and the male wards, kitchen, legal aid clinic, visiting room, dispensary, green house and the kitchen garden.

During the course of the inspection, District Prison Superintendent, Mr Pradhan, apprised the officials present about the infrastructure of the prison and highlighted the key areas of development that are still required for the prison upkeep.

Addressing the gathering, Ms Gurung spoke about the significance of board of visitors meeting at Namchi District Prison whereby the officials can assess the various developmental projects undertaken in the prison at close quarters. She announced that a projector set will be procured for the prison inmates soon for the purpose of entertainment where documentaries by IPR Department will be screened for them weekly.

Additionally, she also highlighted the imperative need to reinforce positive affirmation amongst the inmates and to inculcate the healthy habit of reading, teaching, skill development and positive motivation.

“Under Trial Prisoners [UTP] should have faith in the judiciary process. They should equally contribute in upliftment of the society by reforming themselves,” said Ms Gurung.

Furthermore, she assured to expedite the grievances brought forth to by the UTPs and jail authorities in a timely manner.

Superintendent, Mr Pradhan, mentioned that the District Prison in Boomtar was established in the year 2006 and currently has a total number of 94 inmates. He informed that the District Prison facilitates accommodation for UTPs of South and West District.

He also spelt out the aims and objectives of the visitors meeting which he said is a platform where the board members monitor correctional programs, suggest new avenues for improvement and examine individual or collective grievances alongside providing constructive feedback. He also highlighted the various areas of development present and underway at the prison premises.

An interactive session with the UTPs and the board of visitors was also held on the occasion wherein the UTPs put forward their grievances pertaining to categories such as medical, judicial and executive before the chairperson of the board to which Ms Gurung provided her valuable inputs and suggestions in order to resolve these grievances at the earliest.