Lahore: 5 jail warders terminated
LAHORE: According to the Dawn News on Wednesday, after assuming fresh powers in an attempt to regain a better administrative control on the force, the Lahore Camp Jail superintendent on Tuesday dismissed from service five jail warders and issued show-cause notices to three others for their prolonged `wilful’ absence from duty.
After the superintendents of 32 jails in Punjab have been empowered to appoint and punish warders (BS-5), a series of punishments have been initiated against the inefficient and corrupt jail officials across the province.
Superintendent Jail (SJ) Gulzar Butt told Dawn that five warders had been sacked after they failed to justify their absence from duty for more than a month during orderly room.
He said earlier he was authorised to award punishments like forfeiture of service years, suspensions and others.
Declaring sacked warders Naveed Abbas, Imdad, Adnan Sadiq, Muhammad Qasim and Ali Alamdar habitual absconders, Butt said they failed to satisfy him.
He said show-cause notices had also been served on three other warders for joining the duty within a week otherwise they would be served final notices before dismissal.
Butt said keeping in view the new Punjab Prisons Department service rules 2010, the provincial prisons inspector general had authorised all superintendents of central as well as district jails to appoint and dismiss the officials up to the rank of BS-5 for the last two months.
He said earlier the deputy inspectors general had the authority to appoint and punish chief warders, head warders and warders.
But said the new authority had been given to superintendents for a better administrative control on the jail force.
He claimed that he would take action against all those officials who were found indulged in illegal movement of cell phones inside the jails, smuggling of weapons and corruption tactics.
Meanwhile, according to fresh service rules, the Punjab government had set new rules for promotion, transfer and punishment of officials with an aim to make an impact at grassroots.
Such authority for the promotion, transfer and punishment of head warder (BS-7) and chief warder (BS-9) will be the DIG. The service of assistant superintendent jail (BS-16) recruited through the Punjab Public Service Commission will be regulated by the IG.
The provincial home secretary will be appointing authority for deputy superintendent jails (BS-17) after their recruitment through PPSC and SJ-district (BS-18) while the chief minister will appoint SJ-central (BS-19), DIG (BS-20) and IG (BS-21).
A senior jail officer told Dawn that the powers of appointment and punishment of warders had been withdrawn after four ranges (regions) headed by the DIGs with a new authority were created six years ago.
He said the SJ as a force commander would better know about his staff and deal with them accordingly. But after the powers were delegated to the DIGs, the jail staff got `out of control’ of the SJs, leaving the administrative control in chaos.