Remission For Prisoners

Union Minister Home Affairs Rajnath Singh has requested Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to chart out Program to release Special Category of Prisoners on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Union Minister, Mr.Singh in his letter to Chief Minister, Mr.Patnaik has said that Government of India has decided to celebrate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi from 2 October, 2018 to 2 October, 2020.

On this occasion giving Special Remission to Prisoners during this commemoration would befit the occasion and homage to the Father of Nation, for the humanitarian values the Mahatma stood for, said Mr.Singh.

Union Minister has said that Special Remission to Specific Category of Prisoners may be given and they may be released in three phase i.e. 2 October, 2018, 6 April 2019 and 2 October 2019.

While 2 October is Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, 6 April is the Anniversary of Dandi March.

After the Union Cabinet decision in this regard, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has brought out Advisory for the State Governments stipulating which categories of Prisoners, those will be given Special Remission.

Women and Transgender Convicts of 55 years age and above, who have completed 50 Percent of their actual sentence period, Male Convicts of 60 years and above, who have completed 50 Percent of their actual sentence period, will be included in Special Remission.

Physically Challenged and Disabled Convicts with 70 Percent Disability and more, who have completed 50 Percent of their actual sentence period, Terminally Ill Convicts, Convicted Persons, who have completed Two Third of their actual sentence period shall be considered for the release.

Special Remission will, however, not be given to the prisoners, who have been convicted for an offence for which sentence is Sentence of Death or where Death Sentence is commuted to Life Imprisonment.

Secondly in cases of Convicts for the offence for which punishment of Life Imprisonment has been prescribed as one of the punishments, cases of Convicts involved in serious and heinous crimes like Dowry Death, Rape, Human Trafficking will not be included in Special Remission.

Anybody convicted under POTA, UAPA, TADA, FICN, POCSO, PMLA, FEMA, NDPS and Prevention of Corruption Act will not be given Special Remission, said Mr.Singh in his letter.

The Foreign National Convicts will be released with concurrence of the Ministry of External Affairs, pointed out the Union Minister.

MHA has suggested that detailed list of the Convicts to be prepared by the a State Level Committee headed by ACS Home for giving Special Remission during the Anniversary Period.

The Committee will consider and scrutinize all cases keeping in view the prescribed conditions and make recommendations to the State Government for approval.

While releasing the Prisoners, the State Prison Authorities will organize special functions based on Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and they will gift books relating to the Father of Nation to those Convicts, officials said. 

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