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Jails to be monitored online

Ranchi, Aug. 24: The state IT department is looking to implement an ambitious web-based centralised control system to monitor the functioning of Jharkhand’s 26 prisons that house over 18,000 prisoners.

The web-based Prison Management System would use a central server at the state data centre to store and display real time data on various details of jails and their functioning.

For instance, the system will provide a daily real time prisoner count, including those being produced in courts, those being treated at jail hospitals and those being sent elsewhere for medical treatment. Details will also be available on food stocks of jail kitchens and jail staff.

“This will be an ambitious programme aiming to completely change the way jails in the state function. There will be complete transparency and one will see real changes within the next couple of months,” former inspector-general (prison) Sunil Kumar Burnwal told The Telegraph the day he relinquished office to take over as state commissioner for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Estimated to cost Rs 1.5 crore, the project will be carried out by Mumbai-based MASTEK which has been asked to develop the software for the project that’s going to be implemented by Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information Technology (JAPIT).

The officer on special duty at JAPIT, Sumant Kumar Sinha, said MASTEK was chosen as it had quoted the lowest and had executed similar projects in several countries, including Singapore.

The project will roll once the state IT department issues a final clearance for the service provider after it’s okayed by the Governor’s office.

No cabinet decision will be required since the project costs are less than Rs 5 crore.

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