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Tihar convicts get up to 90% wage hike

Ram Kumar is reckoned to be a good shoemaker by his co-workers and jail minders. A murder convict, Kumar, lodged in Tihar Jail, loves his work but has pined for a better remuneration.

delhi Updated: Jul 25, 2011 23:12 IST
Abhishek Sharan

Ram Kumar is reckoned to be a good shoemaker by his co-workers and jail minders. A murder convict, Kumar, lodged in Tihar Jail, loves his work but has pined for a better remuneration.

Now, a recent order by the Delhi state government, which hiked the wages paid to the jail’s convicts by up to 90%, has granted Kumar’s wish.

The government, acting on a request by the Tihar prison authorities, has increased the convicts’ wages across three categories—for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled—by 75% to 90%. “Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor has approved the hike of up to 90% in the wages paid to Tihar jail’s convicts, which is the highest such increase ever,” Tihar Jail’s spokesperson Sunil Gupta told HT. The hike will benefit nearly 2,800 convicts in the jail.

An unskilled convict will now get Rs 70 (earlier it was Rs 40), a semi-skilled convict Rs 81 (up from the earlier Rs 44) and the skilled convict Rs 99 (from the earlier Rs 52). Around 25% of a convict’s wage is deducted and goes in the “Victim’s Welfare Fund”, according to Gupta.

While it is mandatory for convicts to work either in one of the several production centers at the jail or involve themselves in housekeeping/kitchen/gardening work, under-trials are exempted from this rule.