To honor Independence Day, Bihar will release eligible prisoners.
According to Bihar Law Minister Pramod Kumar, a screening committee of the state home department has been tasked with reviewing prisoner records and identifying those who qualify to receive the special remission.
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the nation’s independence, the Bihar government has decided to release a select group of inmates who have completed half of their sentences in prison, a state minister announced on Saturday.
According to Bihar Law Minister Pramod Kumar, the state home department’s screening committee has been tasked with reviewing prisoner records and identifying those who qualify for the special remission.
The decision to this effect was made on Friday during a cabinet meeting presided over by the chief minister, Nitish Kumar.
The state cabinet was presented with a proposal by the law department to give special remission to a particular group of prisoners.
The state government made a critical decision in this case.
As recommended by the federal government, some prisoner categories who have completed half of their sentences will be freed.
The home department’s state-level screening committee has been tasked with looking over inmates’ records and locating those who qualify who are incarcerated in various prisons in Bihar, the minister told PTI.
According to Pramod Kumar, the panel will review the recommendations it has received from various prison administrations.
The committee “will ensure that notorious criminals, repeat offenders, and those who fall in prohibited categories are not considered for the special remission,” the speaker said.
The 75th anniversary of the nation’s independence, which is being observed as the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,” has prompted the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to request that all state governments and Union Territories grant special remissions and release certain categories of prisoners.
The committee’s recommendations will be presented to the appropriate authority for review and approval, per the center’s advice, according to Pramod Kumar.
“In accordance with the advisory sent to all states and Union Territories, women and transgender convicts over 50 years old with generally good conduct—especially those who have not received punishment in the last three years and have served half their sentence—may be released in three phases—this Independence Day (August 15), Republic Day 2023, and the following year’s Independence Day,” he said.
The minister stated that the same regulations apply to male prisoners, with the exception that their maximum age is now 60 or older.
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