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Daily wages, food allowances of Odisha prisoners hiked


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 10:

Prisoners serving sentence in jails across Odisha will get a nearly four-fold hike in daily wages. The state government on Thursday revised the remuneration structure of convict prisoners from Rs 40 to Rs 150 a day.

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At a high-level meeting on jail reforms under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held at the state secretariat today, the participants discussed the development and welfare of prisoners.

The chief minister instructed officials to raise the daily remuneration of the convict prisoners from Rs 40 to Rs 150 a day. With this hike, the prisoners would now be able to earn more money on account of their work inside the prisons, officials said.

Similarly, the food allowance of prisoners has also been increased from Rs 60 to Rs 75, they added.

The chief minister emphasised regular health check-ups of prisoners. Besides, it was decided to conduct regular mental health check-ups of the inmates.

In view of their future, it was decided to impart training to the convicts on plumbing, culinary skills, mechanical repair works, and other latest vocational training.

Notably, prisoners are also employed in activities like carpentry, metal work, leather work, soap making, bakery, coir products, weaving and agriculture.

Among other issues, installation of CCTV surveillance systems, baggage scanner and security arrangements in the jails were discussed. The meeting decided to develop the proposed new jail at Chandaka on the outskirts of the capital city as green jail where a bio-gas plant and solar panels would be installed to generate energy.

It may be mentioned that there are 86 jails and 58 correctional homes in the state. This year, prisoners have earned a profit of Rs 20 lakh from selling goods worth Rs 1.18 crore produced by them.