The newly constructed Jail training centre in Rajshahi has been opened formally on Tuesday aimed at developing skilled workforces through time-fitting training for prison management properly.
The Department of Public Works has implemented the Jail Training Centre in Rajshahi project on 36.69 acres of land of the 66-acre compound of Rajshahi Central Jail at a cost of around Taka 94.13 crore.
Mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation AHM Khairuzzaman Liton attended and addressed the inaugural ceremony as chief guest.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, MP, and Secretary to the Security Services Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs Abdullah Al Masud Chowdhury spoke on the occasion as special guests with Inspector General of Prison Brig Gen ASM Anisul Haque in the chair.
Mayor Liton said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been taking the country with farsighted views and the centre has been built for transforming the jail into correction centres.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Inspector General of Prison in Rajshahi division Kamal Hossain said all the scheduled works were completed aimed at developing skilled workforces through time-fitting training for prison management properly.
Around 500 jail wardens and officials will get scopes of getting modern training here as currently 320 get the opportunity.
Various new physical infrastructures, including administrative and academic block-cum-multipurpose auditorium, a six-storied trainee barrack for female staff and another two-storied barrack for male staff, were constructed.
Besides, a parade ground, space for guard of honour, boundary wall with gate and number of multi-storied residential buildings were also built.
Mural of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, water treatment plant, rainwater harvesting, new floors in MI building and dining-cum-kitchen room have also been constructed.
Main objective of the centre is to elevate knowledge and competence of the jail officials and wardens through necessary training after enhancing infrastructure facilities.
He said the trained manpower of the jail department will play a positive role towards supplementing the government efforts of transforming the jails into correction centres.
After getting training, the jail wardens will be enriched with the knowledge about how to behave with the prisoners and how they will protect their human rights.
The jail wardens and other officials concerned will start their profession with a positive attitude and stand against all anti-social activities. Besides, the recruits will hold on to their ethics and values and keep up their efforts to ensure human rights.