Special Remission Scheme

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Context:

  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval to grant Special Remission to Prisoners as part of Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • State Governments will place the recommendations of the Committee before Governor for consideration and approval under Article 161 of the Constitution.

Special remission will be given to:

  • Women and Transgender convicts: Of 55 years of age and above, who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period.
  • Male convicts: Of 60 years of age and above, who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period.
  • Physically challenged/disabled convicts: With 70 per cent disability and more, who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period.
  • Terminally ill convicts and convicted prisoners: Who have completed 2/3rd of their actual sentence period.

Special remission will not be given to:

  • Prisoners who have been convicted for the death sentence.
  • Cases involving in serious and heinous crimes like rape, human trafficking, dowry death and convicted under UAPA, POTA, TADA, FICN, POCSO, etc.

Source:PIB