Published On : Mon, Jan 23rd, 2023

Special Remission: 35 inmates of Nagpur Central Jail to walk free on Republic Day 2023


Nagpur: A total of 35 inmates lodged in Nagpur Central Jail will be released on the Republic Day in a special remission to inmates as a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to mark 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence. Prior to the release of prisoners, Nagpur Central Jail will be conducting counselling sessions for them and their kin to facilitate their rehabilitation in the society, senior source from Nagpur Prison informed on the condition of anonymity.

Across Maharashtra, 189 inmates are set to be released on January 26 under special remission programme.

Notably, the Narendra Modi Government has decided to give a special remission to certain categories of prisoners and release them in three phases — on August 15, 2022, (75th anniversary of Independence), January 26, 2023, (Republic Day) and August 15, 2023, to commemorate the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

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“The remission scheme is intended to ensure prison discipline and good conduct on the part of prisoners and to encourage learning and better work culture with the prospect of early release from prison as an incentive,” according to officials.

Around 3150 inmates are currently lodged in Nagpur Central Jail. Out of which, around 115 are women and the rest are male convicts.

It is pertinent to mention that, women and transgender convicts aged 50 years and above; male convicts aged 60 years and above; physically challenged with 70% disability and more, and youths who committed an offence between 18-21 years of age, with no other criminal involvement are eligible for this remission. However, all these categories should have completed 50% of their total sentence period.

Prisoners who are sentenced to death or life imprisonment, and convicted in rape, terror charges, dowry deaths and money laundering cases will not be eligible. Those convicted under the Explosives Act, National Security Act, Official Secrets Act, Anti-Hijacking Act as well as those convicted for human trafficking will also not be considered for remission.

According to a 2020 official estimate, jails across India continued to remain overcrowded, lodging about 4.78 lakh prisoners against an actual capacity of 4.03 lakh. Of the total prisoners, nearly a lakh are women.

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