Increase wage of Tihar prisoners: Convict sends letter to CM

The Delhi Government has been urged by a Tihar inmate to increase the wages of prisoners upto Rs 200 under the Minimum Wages Act for the work rendered by them in the jail factory.

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 19:30 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi Government has been
urged by a Tihar inmate to increase the wages of prisoners
upto Rs 200 under the Minimum Wages Act for the work rendered
by them in the jail factory.

A letter in this regard was written to Delhi Chief
Minister Shiela Dikshit by sacked IPS officer Ravi Kant
Sharma, who is serving life imprisonment in the Shivani
Bhatnagar murder case, official sources said on Tuesday.

Wages are disbursed to the Tihar inmates in three
categories--skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers. A
skilled worker gets Rs 52 per day while semi-skilled and
unskilled labourers are daily paid Rs 44 and Rs 40
respectively.

In the letter to the Chief Minister, Sharma has sought
her intervention for increasing the daily wages of all workers
to Rs 200 per day as per laid down norms.

Jail authorities however said there is no case for
increasing the wages.

"We have already raised the wages in all the three
categories. Earlier it was less than half of what they are
getting today.

"However, we have no plans to raise it further as they
do not have to toil as much as a daily labourer outside the
prison premises does. And we have to incur a huge expenditure
on damage redressal when they learn work in the factory,"
Sunil Gupta, law officer and Tihar jail spokesperson said.

Sharma has also written that the deduction made by prison
authorities towards costs for maintenance and security of the
prisoners was not right. He has asked for minimal deduction on
these grounds.

Gupta said, "A huge expenditure is incurred by the jail
during their stay here. They learn work here and this helps
them to earn better when they have completed their prison
term."

PTI