The Indian states and union territories released over 900 prisoners in the first phase of the centre's scheme for grant of special remission to specific categories of prisoners. The move was undertaken as a part of the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The decision to give special remission to a specific category of prisoners was taken by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 18, 2018. The prisoners will be released from prisons in three phases- on October 2, 2018, April 6, 2019 and October 2, 2019.
• In the week-long first phase of special remission to prisoners, the States and UTs, after obtaining the approval of the competent authority in their jurisdictions, released over 900 prisoners.
• In the second and third phase, prisoners will be released on April 6, 2019 and October 2, 2019 respectively.
• The states and union territories have been advised to hold weeklong special functions in all prison premises based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi before the dates specified for the release of prisoners.
• At the time of their release, the prisoners will be taken to garland the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
• They will also be gifted with books relating to Mahatma Gandhi and will also be provided with suitable counselling.
1. Women convicts of 55 years of age and above, who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period.
2. Transgender convicts of 55 years of age and above, who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period.
3. Male convicts of 60 years of age and above, who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period.
4. Physically challenged or disabled convicts with 70 per cent disability and more who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period.
5. Terminally ill convicts.
6. Convicted prisoners who have completed two-thirds or 66 per cent of their actual sentence period.
The special remission scheme is not available to prisoners who have been convicted for an offence for which the sentence awarded is death or where the death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment.
The cases of convicts involved in serious and heinous crimes like dowry death, rape, human trafficking and those convicted under POTA, UAPA, TADA, FICN, POCSO Act, Money Laundering, FEMA, NDPS and Prevention of Corruption Act also do not fall under the scheme.
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