Monday, March 26, 2007

‘Right to Sight Camp’ at Amritsar Jail

Amritsar jail organized Right to Sight Camp on March 03, 2007 in collaboration with Rotary Club Amritsar and Dr. Om Prakash Satyam Netralaya Amritsar. Out of total 2200 inmates, around 500 short listed prisoners were checked up in this eye camp. Around 222 inmates were provided goggles free of cost and another 22 were operated upon for various diseases.

Inaugurating this eye camp, the fountain head of the Prison reforms, Dr Kiran Bedi, a Megasaysay award-winner said, “prison reforms in the country has become an irreversible movement, which provides fresh hope to jail inmates”. Dr Bedi said the initiative taken by DIG Prisons Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh should be replicated in several prisons in the state, for improving the quality of life of the inmates.

Appreciating the contribution made by Rotary Club under its President Sumant Sud and Dr. Rohit Om Prakash of Om Prakash Satyam Netralaya Amritsar, she said it was everybody’s duty to contribute towards the welfare of this neglected lot. Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, Member SGPC also shared her views on this occasion.

Later, addressing the annual convocation of Khalsa College for Women here, Dr Bedi said women power was being recognised as a force to reckon with and Indian women had shown that through sheer determination, they could make a significant change in the lives of people.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh posted as SSP Gurdaspur

Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh has been posted as Senior Superintendent of Police of Gurdaspur District. He assumed this charge on 10.01.2007. Kunwar is an IPS officer of 1998 batch of Punjab Cadre; he has earlier served as Senior Superintendent of Police Ferozepur, Superintendent of Police Mohali, and SP City Amritsar besides Assistant Superintendent of Police in Amritsar, Ferozepur, Patiala and Ludhiana Districts.

He became the youngest IPS officer to be posted in Prisons when he was told to head Amritsar Central Prison in December 2005. In less than a year, Amritsar prison became a model for Punjab. The BPR&D,Government of India, recognizing the reforms, organized a training programme ‘Seeing is Learning’ for Prison Officers of North India at Central Jail, Amritsar in November 2006 where Valedictory address was made by Dr. Kiran Bedi, DG, BPR&D. Kunwar was awarded with IVF award 2006 by Dr. Kiran Bedi and entrusted with the responsibility of Honorary Director of Punjab Chapter of IVF. Swami Ramdev visited this prison and appreciated the ongoing reforms.

Decorated with prestigious Baba Farid Award 2004 for Honesty, Kunwar detected the kidney scam, CBSE PMT scam and first cyber crime of Punjab.

Prison Statistics (as on 16-3-2007)

Prison Statistics (as on 16-3-2007):

Category Male Female Total
Convicts 754 30 784
Undertrials 1118 60 1178
Internees 30 02 32
Detenue 01 00 01
Preventive Detention 00 00 00
Total 1903 92 1995