The installation of CCTV cameras and upgrading the existing ones in 30 jails of Uttar Pradesh are being carried out at the instructions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to monitor the activities of notorious criminals and mafia in jails.
DG, Jail, Anand Kumar on Tuesday said that the entire exercise would be completed by the end of February this year.
It is noteworthy that the Jail Department had sent a proposal to the government last year to release a budget of Rs 976 lakh for the same.
Kumar informed that 933 CCTVs are being installed in 30 jails, out of which 670 new CCTVs have been installed while the defective cameras were being replaced. The number of CCTV cameras in these jails has increased from 50 to 60 with the installation of 34 CCTV cameras.
The highest number of 46 cameras has been installed in Agra District Jail. All these cameras are directly connected to the prison headquarters so that the prisons can be monitored 24 hours a day through a video wall in the command centre operating in the prison headquarters.
CCTV cameras have been installed in central prisons in Agra, Bareilly, Fatehgarh, Naini, and Varanasi. There are also district prisons in Agra, Firozabad, Aligarh, Sultanpur, Kanpur, Kanpur Dehat, Bulandshahr, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi, Etawah, Ghazipur, Mirzapur, Faizabad, Barabanki, Kannauj, Azamgarh, Sitapur, Chitrakoot, Gorakhpur, and Moradabad. New CCTVs have been installed in Unnao, Banda, and Pratapgarh while defective CCTVs are being replaced.
The DG Jail said the bidding process for the purchase of these cameras has been launched from the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) portal. According to new sanctions, CCTV cameras will be installed in Rampur, Rae Bareli, Baghpat, Kheeri, Mathura, Deoria, Jhansi, Fatehpur, Pilibhit, Fatehgarh, Bijnor, Mainpuri, Gonda, Bahraich, Etah, and Hardoi.