Rajasthan tells prisoners to pay up
Rajasthan government wants prisoners undergoing reformation to foot the bill for using water and electricity.delhi Updated: Jul 27, 2010 00:17 IST
Rajasthan government wants prisoners undergoing reformation to foot the bill for using water and electricity.
In an appeal before the Supreme Court the State has assailed the Rajasthan government for allowing the plea of prisoners who had challenged the government’s direction asking them to pay for using the facility under the open air prison rules.The bench headed by Justice R. V. Raveendran posted the hearing of the state appeal after six weeks.
Additional advocate general of the state, Manish Singhvi said: “The prison rules of Rajasthan provide an opportunity to the prisoners to reform themselves. As a part of the programme they are allowed to opt for an open area where they can spend time, instead of living in the cells.”
The programme further permits the prisoners’ families to visit and stay with them inside the prison. “This is as per the rules that specifies the time one can spend with a prisoner,” Singhvi added.
The open air jail rules extends the opportunity to a prisoner to earn while living inside the jail. “If a prisoner undertakes some work during his incarceration period... he is given wages for whatever work he does,” Singhvi said.
He said as the prison was providing them an opportunity to lead a normal life, the government had also taken a decision to charge them for the electricity and water they use in the area.