Temporary release allowed beyond maximum period of 16 weeks: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

Chandigarh, May 17 :     The Punjab Government has today promulgated ‘The Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Amendment Ordinance, 2020 in accordance with which the temporary release of the prisoners has been allowed beyond the maximum period of 16 weeks in a calendar year. This was disclosed here today by the Cooperation and Jails Minister S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.

Divulging more, the minister said that the step has been undertaken keeping in view the crisis precipitated by the corona virus and with the intention to decongest the jails.

The minister further added that the condition of the temporary release being availed of, on quarterly basis also stands waived.