NGOs should be represented in committee for female prisonersÂ' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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NGOs should be represented in committee for female prisonersÂ’

The committee constituted by the Sindh government for female prisoners in the jails of the province met with Dr Saeeda Malik, Minister for Women Development on Thursday.

According to a press statement, Malik proposed the enhancing of the composition of the committee by including the representation of leading NGOs besides suitable representation of the finance department of the accountant general (AG) Sindh for regular financial arrangements. She also proposed the drafting of a method to operate funds worth Rs20,000 million earmarked by the Sindh government on the instructions of the Supreme Court.

The amount has been allocated to meet expenses to support female prisoners despite the completion of their sentences.

These prisoners are held because they are unable to pay Deeyat (amount required for bail).

In addition, she also directed the officials to ensure that the documents of six female prisoners from Africa (who will be completing their sentence on September 31) should be arranged in collaboration with the concerned departments at the earliest. Equipment and furniture will also be provided to the computer section of the jail, said the statement.

It was also learnt that the Women Development department has already paid a sum of Rs250,000 for the release of prisoners.

This is besides the Rs294,000 paid earlier for

the nine convicted women prisoners.

Earlier, Subhan Memon, Secretary Women Development, revealed that a sum of Rs44,170 is needed to meet the requirement of the fine payment of six female convicts of special prison who are due for release by September 31.
Source: The News
Date:8/10/2007