Convicts working in prisons across Maharashtra to be paid more
As per a prison circular issued recently, a skilled labourer will earn Rs61 a day per task instead of Rs55Updated: Aug 16, 2017 00:16 IST
There is good news for jail inmates on Independence Day.
Convicts, lodged in jails in the state and who do various works inside the jail, will be paid a few rupees more.
As per a prison circular issued recently, a skilled labourer will earn Rs61 a day per task instead of Rs55. A semi-skilled convict, who used to earn Rs50 a day, will now get Rs55 and an unskilled labourer will earn Rs44 instead of Rs40.
As of July 31, there are more than 32,000 inmates in jails across the state. Out of these, more than 8,900 are convicted, said jail officials.
Inspector general of prison Vitthal Jadhav said, “The new rates will be applicable from August 20 and they would be a hike in payment every three years.”
Prisons department produces several products such as handloom, furniture, metal fabrication, bakery products, footwear, paper file making and paper bags.
Prisons use more than 340 hectares of land for agriculture. Most of the farm produce is used for food for the inmates and the excess is sold in markets.
Most of the convicts work in various jail industries from 8am to 4pm daily and are paid wages accordingly.
On most occasions, convicts are paid after their jail term is over. However, there are provisions in which they can request to be paid earlier. In jails, convicts need money to buy necessary items such as soap and toothpaste.
Working is not compulsory but some convicts work as they can use the time in a productive way and also earn money.
Many others work so that they can learn a new trade, said an official.
Whether an inmate is skilled, half skilled and unskilled is decided by the jail superintendent after reviewing the work.
Officials said some inmates are already doing farming, carpentry and construction work. They get tagged as skilled workers. Others either get trained or learn from other inmates.
Actor Sanjay Dutt, who was convicted under the Arms Act in 1993 blasts case and was in Pune’s Yerawada jail, made paper bags and earned Rs50 a day.
First Published: Aug 16, 2017 00:16 IST