The Punjab government decided to accord one-time remission of sentences to prisoners imprisoned for up to 20 years on Independence Day on Monday.
Disclosing this here on Sunday, Punjab jail minister Sohan Singh Thandal said prisoners undergoing sentence for more than 10 years and up to 20 had been granted one-time remission of sentence for a year.
Similarly, prisoners undergoing more than seven year sentence and up to 10 years would get remission for nine months and those who have been jailed for more than five years and up to seven years would get six-month remission.
He said prisoners undergoing sentence of more than three years and up to five years would get three months and prisoners undergoing sentence below three year have been granted one remission of a month.
Thandal said only those prisoners who are confined in jails on August 15 have been granted remission. He said if a person was on parole or furlough, the remission would be granted to him only if he surrenders before the expiry of period of parole of furlough. The minister said no remission would be granted to a person who has been convicted for a serious offence and the cases being investigated by the Central Bureau of investigation.