22 July-2014, Manish K Pathak/DNA: The state home department has sanctioned Rs50 lakh to improve sanitation facilities for women officers and women staff members across all prisons in Maharashtra.
According to a government resolution issued by the state, the state home minister had conducted a meeting last year. After checking the status of prisons across Maharashtra, it was learnt that the jails needed a total of 47 new bathrooms and toilets for their women staffers.
Following this, sub engineer of the prison department conducted a survey and reported an estimated cost of Rs50,65,442 for the project. The report was submitted to the additional director general of police and inspector general of police of the prison department in Pune.
The report was then passed on to the General Administration Department of the state government. Accordingly, a decision has been taken that the amount will be taken from the funds of the Public Works Department (PWD) as per the five-year plan for prisons. The toilets will be constructed by the PWD.
Currently, sanitation facilities in prisons in Maharashtra, especially in the district jails, are in a pathetic condition.
A jail officer, on condition of anonymity, said, “We have checked some of the toilets in the central prison and district prison and found them to be in an extremely pathetic state. They were filthy and unhygienic, and the stench emanating was unbearable.”