Prisoners who use mobile phones inside jails to face govt heat

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jaipur
  • Updated: Jul 29, 2015 18:10 IST

The state cabinet on Tuesday decided to increase the punishment for keeping mobile phones and other banned objects inside jails keeping in view the increased instances of mobile phone use by prisoners in jail premises.

The cabinet also increased punishment for jumping parole and not reporting back to the jail on time.

Detailing about the decisions, parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said the cabinet has given nod to bring amendments in the Prisons Act 1894 for introducing stringent punishment for violators.

He said earlier said that the punishment for possession and smuggling mobile phones and other banned objects inside jails was six months or Rs 200 fine. The cabinet has decided to amend Section 42, 43, and 59 of the Act for increasing punishment to three years or Rs 3,000 fine.

“The cabinet has also decided to make the offences cognizable and non-bailable,” said Rathore.

The cabinet also decided to include new sections 58-A & B in the Act through Prisons (Rajasthan amendment) Ordinance 2015 for introducing stringent punishment for parole violations. The punishment for jumping parole and not reporting back to the jail has been increased to three years from six months or Rs 3,000 fine from Rs 200 fine, said Rathore. He said the aim is to check such crimes.

In a major thrust to solar power sector, the cabinet gave nod to investment of Rs 1.56 lakh crore for generation of 26,000 MW solar energy under Rajasthan Solar Power Policy 2014. In the meeting chaired by chief minister Vasundhara Raje, the cabinet approved the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with four companies for investment on Public Private Partnership mode in the sector. The projects would be undertaken under joint venture companies of which chief secretary would be chairman.

Rathore said the state government would provide land to the companies and in lieu would have 50% equity in the joint venture companies. He said IL&FS Energy Limited and Essel Infra Projects Limited would invest in 5000 MW plant each, Adani Enterprises would invest in 10,000 MW plant, and Reliance Power Limited would invest in 6000 MW plant.

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