Nagpur jail has 2,830 prisoners as at May 31 this year, compared to 1,840 . This is despite the release of 493 jailed people on Covid probation, out of whom 120 are yet to return .
Nagpur: Activist Abhay Kolarkar's RTI Act reveals that the overcrowded Nagpur central jail is housing almost 990 prisoners, much more than its capacity.This is despite the release of around 493 jailed people on Covid probation, out of whom 120 are yet to return.According to the RTI report, the central jail had 2,830 prisoners as at May 31 this year, compared to 1,840.During the pandemic, other than 493 prisoners who were released on Covid parole, it was revealed that many more under-trials were also released.With numerous scandals, especially the suspicious deaths, the Nagpur jail has remained in the news for a number of reasons.The administration is now facing several allegations of corruption because of a lack of staff.The RTI also reported that around 9,155 new prisoners were recruited between January 2020 and May this year, while only 8,461 were released on bail in the same period.SP Anup Kumre said that the prison authorities are able to properly operate the prisons' everyday activities with no staff, but that the workload is getting unmanageable. According to Kumre, the government will assist us by filling up the vacant positions, making it possible to do the job better, noting that the ratio between the number of prisoners present and available staff is extremely skewed.The RTI report also showed that revenues from jails' in-house manufacturing and production facilities owned by the qualified convicts were decreasing to Rs1.09 crore in 2020-21 from Rs4.42 crore in 2019-20.On the other hand, the prisoner's spending has increased from Rs3.11 crore in 2020-21 to Rs4.24 crore in 2021-22.During the pandemic, many production and manufacturing facilities of the central prison were shut down, particularly after the trained convicts were released, and they are yet to return, according to Kumre. According to Kumre, the production activities and production units would resume soon because we had to purchase vegetables from outside and also stopped our deliveries of finished goods, which generated the income.