Department of Prisons Department of Prisons

1.  Name of the Administrative Department:  Department of Prisons

2.  Minister In charge:

Name e-mail Telephone Nos. Photograph
Office Residence  
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Jail Minister 0172-2742357 (O) - 98142-12518  


3.  Additional Chief Secretary / Financial Commissioner / Principal Secretary / Secretary of Administrative Department:

Name & Designation e-mail Telephone Nos.
Office Residence Mobile
Sh. R. Venkat Ratnam, IAS
Principal Secretary Jails 0172-2748522 - 9888071075


4. Head of Department:

Name & Designation e-mail Telephone Nos.
Office Residence Mobile
Sh. Praveen Kumar Sinha IPS, ADGP Prisons 0172-2704219   9878655000


5.  Business Rules of the department:.


  1. Establishment of Jails.
  2. Administration and discipline in factories belonging to the Jails.
  3. Classification of prisoners.
  4. Release including removal of criminal lunatics.
  5. All matters relating to the establishment of industrial, agricultural reformatory settlements and schools under section 14 of the Punjab Habitual Offenders (Control and Reforms) Act, 1952 including transfer of registered persons from one settlement to the other.
  6. Establishment of Reformatory Schools under the Reformatory Schools Act, 1897, and all references to these schools.
  7. Exchange of Muslim and non-Muslim Prisoners and records connected therewith.
  8. Commitments of habitual offenders in the reformatory settlements established under section 14 of the Punjab Habitual Offenders (Contro1 and Reforms) Act, 1952.
  9. All matters relating to the administration of the following Acts:-
    • The Good Conduct Prisoners Probational Release Act 1926
    • The Probation of Offenders Act, 1958
  10. All matters concerning hunger strikes in Jails.
  11. Construction, additions, alterations and maintenance of Judicial lock-ups including supply of diet to the under trials lodged therein.
  12. Medical Officers and Medical Staff employees in Jails.
  13. Petitions for commutation under section 433 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
  14. Appointment of non-official visitors to Jails and Judicial lock-ups including action on their inspection notes.
  15. Prisoner's Aid Society.
  16. Escape and recapture of prisoners and under trials.
  17. Proposals for the grant of pardons or commutation of sentences in pursuance of article 161 of the Constitution of India.
  18. All cases of release on parole and furlough etc.
  19. Grant of remission and release of prisoners under section 432 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.
  20. Entertainment of petitions for mercy against sentence of death for consideration by the Governor of Punjab or President of India.


6.  Services provided by Department:



7.  Names of Board / Corporations / Commissions / Societies working under the control of the Administrative Department along with information of their Heads as under:

Name & Designation e-mail Telephone Nos. Office Website
Office Residence/Mobile
Shri. Praveen Kumar Sinha, IPS, ADGP Prisons   9878655000  
Shri. Roop Kumar Arora, IGP prisons 0172-2711497 98760-05959  

Shri. Lakhminder Singh Jakhar, DIG Jails

Control Room   0172-2703460    


For detailed information:

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