Gurugram, Feb. 1 -- The Haryana prison department has started a video conferencing facility for Bhondsi jail inmates to help connect with their family members, said officials.

The initiative, which was introduced last week, was taken after physical meetings were discontinued since March for the 2,500 inmates of the jail due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. Since then only calls were allowed from two landline numbers.

K Selvaraj, director-general (prisons), said that the inmates were missing their family members. "Therefore, we decided to launch video conferencing to ensure they can see each other virtually. It is important to keep their morale high. In this way, they can feel connected with their family members," he said.

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