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Prison Employees Contribute CMRF


Santosh Upadhyay, Director General Prisons and Correctional Services Wednesday presented a cheque amounting Rs.15.36 Lakh to Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy.

This amount was contributed by all the employees of Prisons in the State to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).
Chief Secretary Mr.Tripathy appreciated the efforts of the Prison Employees for their consideration during Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic.
In fact, there are 86 Prisons in the State where over 2100 employees are serving and they have contributed One Day’s salary to CMRF.
During COVID-19 Pandemic, Prison Administration is active in handling the critical situation in Jails.
This apart, steps have also been taken for arranging 'e-mulakats' (e-meetings) between the inmates and their family members," officials say.

He said that jail officials, including cooks, have been directed to maintain hygiene on prison premises and their activities are monitored regularly.
 
Face Masks are being stitched by the inmates of Choudwar and Baripada Jails and Mayurbhanj District Administration has taken face masks from the Prisons, said sources.
 
In the backdrop of COVID-19 the State Government has released over 7,200 under-trial prisoners and convicts on bail and parole from prisons to decongest the jails in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
At least 1,160 jail inmates have also been relocated to less congested prisons as part of precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, the official said.
As many as 7,255 prisoners, including 389 convicts, have been released as a temporary measure to decongest the jails by following a thorough judicial process since the third week of March.
While the convicts have been released through parole, the 6,866 undertrial prisoners were set free through bail allowed by the courts.
This move is to decongest the jails by releasing some of the inmates,  the official said that the District Undertrial Review Committee, led by Judges, took the decision to grant bail after going through the records of the inmates.
Those involved in cases inviting a maximum punishment of 10 years were given priority, officials say.
Similarly, the ones who have already served at least five years sentence were considered for parole.
 


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