Pune: The Maharashtra Prisons Department has come out with a scheme of special remission for convicts completing their studies from SSC to PhD in jails. They will get remission in their sentences ranging from five days to 25 days, depending on their courses.
Dr BK Upadhyay, Head of Prisons Department, said in a circular, “This will help bring prisoners in the mainstream after encouraging them to study further.” In 2015, a committee headed by DIG (western region) of the Prisons Department came out with eligibility criteria and the total remission to be granted.
Accordingly, the government accepted the proposal, which will help prisoners get jobs once they come out after completing the sentence.
There are nine central prisons, 31 district jails, 13 open jails and one open colony, where a total of 33,000 prisoners are lodged. About 25,000 of them are undertrials and only about 8,000 are convicts.
141 prisoners to run 8 petrol pumps
In another correctional measure, the department will open petrol pumps at Yerawada, Kolhapur, Thane, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Amravati central jails, and open jails at Paithan (Aurangabad district) and Morshi (Amravati district).
Remission days for PRISONERS