The Union Cabinet has given its approval to grant Special Remission to Prisoners as part of Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Women and Transgender convicts of 55 years of age and above, who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period will be released under this special remission. Male convicts of 60 years of age and above, who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period will also be released.
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 two-thirds of their actual sentence period will also get this remission. The prisoners will be released in three phases.
In Phase-l, the prisoners will be released on 2nd October this year, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. In Phase-ll, prisoners will be released on 10th April on anniversary of Champaran Satyagrah and in Phase-Ill, prisoners will be released on 2nd October 2019.
Special remission will not be given to prisoners who have been convicted for an offence for which the sentence is of death or where death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment. Home Ministry will issue advice to all States and UTs asking them to process the cases of eligible prisoners. State Governments and UT Administrations will be advised to constitute a Committee to examine the cases. State Governments will place the recommendations of the Committee before Governor for consideration and approval under Article 161 of the Constitution.