Jail a correction home, not a center for entertainment of criminals: CM

Lucknow/Sant Kabirnagar: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said that UP jails are no longer centers of entertainment for criminals, but reform homes for prisoners. He said this while inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of 122 development projects costing a total of Rs 245 crore. This also includes the building of District Jail constructed at a cost of Rs 126 crore in Sant Kabirnagar district on Sunday.

“We have converted state prisons into correctional homes where criminals are being given a chance to reform. The jails of UP are no longer a place of fun for criminals. There was a time when the power used to be the slave of the mafia, today our government’s bulldozer runs on their homes.

Speaking at the event, the CM said, “Our message to the mafia is very clear. If the mafia makes the life of poor, farmer, trader a hell, then our government will not allow this to happen under any circumstances.

Expressing satisfaction over the newly constructed district jail in Sant Kabir Nagar, the Chief Minister said that now the prisoners would not have to be sent to Basti district and this jail would become an ideal prison in the form of a reform home.

In a scathing attack on the opposition, the Chief Minister said that in the previous governments, dynasty, nepotism, appeasement, dacoity, hooliganism and riots had become the identity of the state. “The jobs of the youth were auctioned and the morsels of the poor were looted. Jobs were previously mortgaged. If anyone tries to auction a job today, we will get their house auctioned.”

CM Yogi further said that the government has given more than 4.5 lakh government jobs to the youth on the basis of their qualifications with complete transparency. He told that about 90,000 more government jobs are coming up in UP.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reiterated that youth preparing for various competitions will get ‘Competition Examination Allowance’ in the state. Also the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to distribute tablets along with digital access to the youth of the state.

The CM said that the emphasis of his government is on ensuring the safety, dignity and self-reliance of women in Uttar Pradesh. The recruitment of 30,000 women police personnel is an important step in this direction. In the interest of women, the government is continuously pushing forward many schemes like Mission Shakti, Kanya Sumangala and Destitute Women Pension.

In the ceremony, CM Yogi Adityanath also presented sewing toolkits to five women under Vishwakarma Shram Samman Yojana. Referring to this, he said in his address that this toolkit can become a self-employment platform for women following the mantra of Vocal for Local as per the intention of PM Narendra Modi.

The CM said, ‘Once upon a time, Khalilabad used to be a major center of looms and handlooms in this district. So why can’t it become a hub of readymade garments? If we connect women with the market by giving them modern sewing machines, then readymade clothes will be made in every house. In such a situation, we can leave Bangladesh and Vietnam behind in the production of readymade garments.

The Chief Minister also prominently mentioned the utensils industry of Bakhira in Sant Kabirnagar district. “It was forgotten in the previous governments but we are working towards making Bakhira’s utensils industry recognized globally. It will become a major source of employment for youth and women at the local level.

The Chief Minister once again said that a medical college would be established in Sant Kabirnagar on PPP model.

Expressing concern over the flood situation in Sant Kabir Nagar, the Chief Minister said that the government was providing relief kits in sufficient quantity to every victim. Adequate availability of anti-snake venom and anti-rabies vaccine has been ensured in the flood affected areas. He appealed to the public representatives to ensure that relief material reaches every flood victim.

CM said that now Sant Kabir Nagar will not lag behind any district in terms of development. He said that this land of Baba Tameshwarnath and great Sufi saint Sant Kabir was in the hope of development. Political announcements were made for development but they were not implemented. But in the last four and a half years there has been a change.

Today, this program associated with development projects worth Rs 245 crore shows that this district will now touch new paradigms of development. Development is the need of the people and only this will pave the way for the welfare of every individual.

During the function, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also distributed honorarium acceptance letters to the beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Bal Sewa Yojna, beneficiaries of Mukhyamantri Samaj Vivah Yojana and Shaadi Anudan Yojana and caretakers of self-help groups who manage the cleaning of community toilets.