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E-purse system suspended in central jail following inmates’ opposition

The e-purse system, a pilot project that was launched in the Central Jail here amid much hype has been suspended following strong opposition from the inmates.

punjab Updated: Apr 05, 2014 11:19 IST
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar

The e-purse system, a pilot project that was launched in the Central Jail here amid much hype has been suspended following strong opposition from the inmates.


In an innovative measure to eradicate corruption from jails of the state, the e-purse system was launched in the local Central Jail a few weeks ago.

However, the jail inmates went on a two-day hunger strike against the e-purse system.

They also demanded an increase in the meeting time from 20 minutes to half-anhour besides seeking permission for female inmates to visit Gurdwara Sahib early morning.

Meanwhile, during his visit to the jail on Thursday, justice Mahesh Grover of the Punjab and Haryana high court heard the grievances of inmates.

Later, the jail authorities suspended the e-purse scheme and also accepted the above-said two demands of the inmates.

DK Sidhu, superintendent of jail, acknowledged that the e-purse system had been disbanded while the coupon system had been re-introduced after which the jail inmates ended their hunger strike.

Under the e-purse system, every undertrial or inmate lodged in the jail was facilitated with a smart card with a deposit capacity of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 per meeting (with relatives or known persons) for residents of Punjab and those from outside the state, respectively.

The inmates were upset as they felt that less amount was being allowed into their smart cards.
While under trials were allowed to have two meetings a week, convicted people can have only one meeting with their relatives or acquaintances.

Every undertrial was asked to give a list of maximum 10 people in advance, who may come to meet him or her during the stay in jail.

During every meeting, the visitors may give maximum of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 to natives of Punjab and out-of-the-state residents, respectively.

A swipe machine was also installed in the canteen of the jail.

Every purchase made by inmates was recorded in the machine.