Brief Note Of Central Jail, Ambala - Haryana Prisons

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Central Prison, Ambala was erected by the Government in 1872 as
Sub Jail. Further this prison was extended into District Jail in 1930 and
Central Jail in 1947. This prison is situated near Civil Lines area in
Ambala City having total area of 52 Acre Land and 14 Acre Agriculture
Land with an authorized capacity of 1228 prisoners. There are well
developed government accommodation provided to the Jail
Officers/Officials posted here. The ongoing activities of this prison are as
under:1. Modern Interview System
Central Prison, Ambala has innovative and unique interview system
in which the inmates converse with their family members and
friends through Intercom System. The Interview System is carried
out in Alphabetic orders of the inmates. The undertrial prisoners
are allowed to have interview with their family members twice in a
week while the convicts have once in a week. The inmates are
allowed to write letters to their near and dears.
2. Phoenix Software
(a) Phoenix Software has been established at Central Prison, Ambala.
Personal profiles, case related information, Parole, Custody and
conviction related to convicts and relevant information of undertrial
prisoners have been updated in this software. Further jail hospital,
Mulakat and Control Room (Chakkar) have also been connected
through the Phoenix Software.
(b) Prison Canteen is running on cashless basis through finger print
identification of the inmates. The articles are being sold to the
inmates at minimum rate of 10% profit. Not only this rate list of
articles sold at Prison Canteen is also affixed on each prisoners
(c) CCTV Cameras have been installed in Mulakat Room, Outside
mulakat area of this jail to watch and ward all activities of inmates
and their interviews except open area of jail and prisoner barracks.
Further efforts are being made for the installation of CCTV cameras
in each barrack inside the prison.
3. Biometric Attendance System
Biometric Attendance System has been installed and the prompt
attendance are being entered through BAS System regularly by the
Jail Officers/Officials of Civil Staff as well as Executive Staff of this
4. Prison Inmate Calling System (PICS)
Every prisoner lodged in prison is allowed to confabulate with their
family members/friends/relatives five minutes every day through
Prison Inmate Calling System. At present all prisoners are availing
Prison Inmate Calling System (PICS) facility.
5. Video Conferencing System
This prison has the facility of Video Conferencing System. The
prisoners are produced before the Ld. Courts with the help of Video
Conferencing System from time to time. There are approximately
270-300 prisoners are being produced before the Ld. Courts
through the Video Conferencing System monthly.
6. Jail Kitchen
There are two kitchens available in Central Prison, Ambala. One
kitchen is use for making the Vegetables/Tea/Dal etc. and other
Kitchen is used for making the Chapaties. All seasonal vegetables
and hot chapaties are provided to the prisoners. Not only this there
are two Chapati Warmers (with a capacity of 2500 Chapaties each)
are available in the Prison Kitchen to keep the Chapati hot & fresh
in order to provide hot chapatti to the inmates.
7. Jail Hospital
The Prison Hospital of Central Prison, Ambala having the capacity
of 16 beds. There are four Medical Officers and One Pharmacist are
posted in prison hospital to provide the medical facilities to the
inmates. The average daily OPD of this prison ranges between 140150 per day. Further in emergency cases local purchase of
medicines is made as per rules. All medicines prescribed by jail
doctors/specialist from General Hospital, Ambala are being
provided to jail inmates from time to time. Additionally all OPD and
Medicines issued alongwith prescriptions are being recorded in the
software on a daily basis.
Prisoner patients are also referred to PGIMS, Rohtak and PGIMER,
Chandigarh as and when their treatment demands.
8. Jail School
To educate the prisoners there are a school available in this prison
where the interested prisoners are taught in different trades i.e.
Secondary, Sr. Secondary and Vocational courses Carpentry,
Stitching, Beauty Culture, Electrician, Plumbing, Welding,
Vocational etc. by the teachers from Govt. ITI/Govt. Polytechnic,
NIOS and IGNOU. There are a computer lab is also available for
computer classes of the prisoners. Presently 06 computers are
available in this lab. At present 327 prisoners are availing
education from Jail School of Central Prison, Ambala.
9. Jail Factory
There are a factory also available in this prison in which prisoners
are working in different trades i.e. Weaving, Taxtile, Soap & Phynile
making, Carpentary, Printing, Tailoring, Chair repair and canning,
Wooden Furniture, Prisoner Clothing, Niwar making, Port making
Further a private firm also installed their factory in the prison
under Public Private Partnership Scheme (PPP) by the orders of the
Director General of Prisons, Haryana, Panchkula in which
Furniture & Steel items have been prepared by them.
10. Sports Activities
Keeping in view the health of the prisoners sports articles are also
provided to them i.e. Volleyball, Badminton, Carrom Board, Chess,
Basket Ball, Cricket etc. For playing Volleyball, Badminton, Basket
Ball port are already constructed in the prison. Besides this cricket
matches also organized by the Jail Administration between the
Ambala Jail-XI team versus Prison Head Office and Bar Association
Ambala teams occasionally.
11. Cultural Programme
Cultural programmes are organized from time to time in this
prison. Not only this keeping in view the health of the prisoners
Yoga/Art of Living camps are organized regularly with the help of
local NGOs from time to time in this prison.
12. Other camps organized for the prisoners
To keep fresh the prisoners Medical Camp, Yoga, Meditation, Om
Shanti (Braham Kumaris), Shri-Shri Art of Living camps are
organized in the prison premises from time to time with the help of
local NGOs.
--sd-Superintendent of Prison,
Central Prison, Ambala.

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