The government plans to involve prisoners in textile production by using handlooms and through other productive jobs
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given a directive to set up a courtroom in every jail, considering the inconvenience of inmates who are unable to go to court due to their physical condition.
Hasina issued the directive at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday. At the meeting, a project to reconstruct the Comilla jail for Tk624.98 crore was passed.
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal briefed the press after the meeting.
Mustafa Kamal said: “The prisons will be considered as rehabilitation centres, not places for punishment.”
The government plans to involve prisoners in textile production by using handlooms and through other productive jobs, and intends to share the profit with them, he added.
Telephone booths will also be set up in all prisons, so that prisoners can communicate with their families, Kamal added.
Ecnec cleared 21 projects at the meeting, including the one in Comilla, for a total estimated cost of Tk17,316.93 crore.
Sheikh Hasina’s orders to set up courts in prisons came six days before a court set up inside the Dhaka Old Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road in Old Dhaka is set to deliver the verdict in Zia Charitable Trust graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The former prime minister had been in the jail after being convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in February.
The special court hearing in the charitable trust graft case was shifted to the jail following a government order, as Khaleda was not attending her hearings due to illness.
She was recently transferred to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for treatment.