Union Cabinet approves proposal to grant special remission to prisoners

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 18, 2018, gave its approval to the proposal to grant special remission to prisoners as part of the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Under the scheme, certain categories of prisoners including women, transgenders and physically disabled, will be set free on satisfying the given criteria.

Women convicts of 55 years of age and above, who have completed 50 percent of their actual sentence period. Transgender convicts of 55 years of age and above, who have completed 50 percent of their actual sentence period. Physically challenged/disabled convicts with 70 percent disability and more, who have completed 50 percent of their actual sentence period. Convicted prisoners who have completed two-thirds (66 percent) of their actual sentence period. Male convicts of 60 years of age and above, who have completed 50 percent of their actual sentence period.

The special remission will, however, not be given to prisoners who have been convicted of an offense for which the sentence is death or where the death sentence has been converted to life imprisonment. The convicts involved in serious and heinous crimes like dowry death, rape, human trafficking and those who have been convicted under POTA, UAPA, TADA, FICN, POCSO Act, money laundering, FEMA, NDPS and Prevention of Corruption Act will also not be eligible for the remission.

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