New Delhi: Delhi government has finally
given its nod to Asia`s largest jail Tihar Prisons to come up
with a semi-open jail facility for its inmates.
Convicts, who will be eligible for this facility, will
be allowed to work outside the jail premises but within the
This facility already exists in 32 jails across the
"The Delhi government has given a go ahead to the
proposal for opening semi-open prison facility for convicts
here. However, this facility will not be for all convicts,"
Neeraj Kumar, DG Tihar Prisons, said.
Semi-open prison facility will be open to convicts who
have been sentenced for five to ten years and have a remaining
two years to serve, he said.
They should have shown good conduct and abided by the
jail rules. He said that convicts must have also obeyed three
paroles and furlog and nothing adverse must be against them
during their temporary release.
"The eligible convicts will work in Public Works
Department or Horticulture or contract projects inside the
prison complex spread over 4,500 acres," Kumar said, adding
it would equip them to join society once they are free.
"They can also work in Tihar Haat. We have to send the
guidelines as to how we plan to go about with it to the Delhi
government," he said.
A committee under the chairmanship of DIG Prisons R N
Sharma will select the prisoners who can avail this facility.
"The inmates will leave the jail premises to work for
a stipulated time period and come back to their cell
thereafter before night time. They will be allowed to work
within a a certain radius of the prison complex," Sunil Gupta,
spokesperson, Tihar Prisons said.
But convicts must meet the required criteria to avail
this facility, Gupta said.
Those who have pending court cases against them or who
are considered dangerous or are individuals involved in
serious criminal offences like kidnapping, smuggling,
Terrorism, Sedation or convicted under NDPS Act will not be
given the opportunity.
Convicts who instigated disruption of jail discipline
or were involved in riots or dacoity too will be denied this
opportunity, he said.
Gupta said, "This is the jail`s initiative towards
rehabilitation of its inmates. It is an opportunity to
prisoners to step outside the jail walls to earn wages, have a
bit more freedom and be equipped to join the society