Goa Cabinet gives nod for creation of independent IG Prisons Dept
The Goa Cabinet today gave its approval for creation of a separate independent Inspector General of Prisons department.
Talking to media persons here after the cabinet meeting, deputy chief minister Francisco D'Souza said the administrative staff of prisons department, which is now under the Collectorate North, had proposed for creating a separate independent prisons department under an Inspector General.
He said the Cabinet also gave its nod for making Central Jail at Aguada exclusively for women prisoners after some renovations in the building.
Mr D'Souza said there are three jails in operation at present -- Central Jail at Aguada, Sub-jail-cum-Judicial lock-up at Sada Vasco and Judicial lock-up at Mapusa.
He further said only male prisoners were currently lodged in Aguada Central Jail, while male and female prionsers were lodged in separate enclosures at Sub-Jail Sada Vasco and only undertrials and male prisoners were lodged in Judicial lock-up at Mapusa.
He said since the construction work of the new Central Jail at Colva was near completion, it was proposed to have effective use of Central Jail at Aguada, Sub Jail at Sada Vasco, Judicial lock-up at Mapusa.
In Colva jail, enclosures for women and men prisoners be utilised for housing convicts and undertrial male prisoners separately, he informed.
Mr D'Souza further said the sub-jail at Sada Vasco will be converted primarily as a prison for housing undertrials in the age group above 21 years.
He said young male offenders between the age group of 18-21 years will be housed at Mapua Judicial lock-up, he said.
He said the new Prisons department will be set up on two acres of land at Curca.
Mr D'Souza added that few prisoners, who are in the prison for last 10 years or more, may be freed on December 19 for their good behaviour in prison.