BENGALURU: The high court has asked the government to submit a comprehensive report on the facilities being extended to prisoners in jails across the state in accordance with last year’s Supreme Court directions. A high court division bench headed by chief justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka orally told the government advocate to give details on availability of washrooms, facilities extended to women prisoners with children, quality of food and visitation facilities. The medical facilities available at prisons, including for mentally ill inmates, should also be mentioned in the status report to be filed next month. The court, which is hearing a suo motu PIL registered based on the apex court’s directions, indicated that it would pass necessary orders once the government submits its report. During the hearing, the government advocate informed the court that six more jails, including four central prisons with a capacity of 1,000 inmates, will come up at Bidar, Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Hassan. He said Rs 93 crore has been provided in this year’s budget for the purpose. On May 8, 2018, the SC had directed high courts to take up the matter through suo motu PILs. This was after the top court noticed that jails across the country are overcrowded, some beyond 150%, and state governments had shown little interest to recruit staff.