New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has
pulled up jail authorities across the country for the living
conditions in prisons and for the first time sent them an
advisory in this regard seeking a compliance report from them.
The Ministry has issued an advisory to all the 1400
jails across the country including Tihar Prisons and has asked
them to send a compliance report on the prison conditions and
the prisoners, MHA sources said.
Despite the fact that prisons in the country directly
come under the jurisdiction of the respective state
governments, the ministry initiated this move to monitor
overcrowding and unhealthy practices at the jails.
At present over three lakh prisoners are lodged in
different prisons across the country which is over and above
their normal capacity.
Ministry sources said all prisons are overcrowded and
this is to the tune of over one lakh.
Certain check points have been listed in the advisory
sent to the prisons and authorities have been asked to answer
them. If the answers are not satisfactory it will clearly
reflect that prison rules and regulations have not been
followed, sources said.
Citing an example they said that all jails have been
asked to report details of undertrials lodged with them and
action being undertaken to speed up cases of undertrials. This
is being done as undertrials constitute the major share of the
prison population and are a cause of overcrowding inside the
jails, they said.