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Prisoners to get concession in jail sentencing if they teach illiterate inmates

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PATNA: The jail administration in Bihar has announced to grant concession in prison sentence to the prisoners who teach illiterate inmates.

Jail authorities said the prisoners serving different sentences could get concession up to 90 days in a year if they go for making illiterate inmates literate.

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According to Inspector general of police (jail) Mithilesh Mishra, he has asked the jail officials to prepare a list of literate and illiterate prisoners in all jails across the state and also identify those who want to teach.

The special campaign to make prisoners literate will kick-start from September 8 for which the jail department has already prepared the syllabus and also fixed timing of conducting classes in jails.

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The classes will run in two sittings every day—from 8 to 11 in the morning and 1 to 4 in the afternoon.

“We will be launching a special campaign from September 8. The prisoners who join the campaign to make literate other prisoners could avail concession in prison sentencing up to 90 days in a year,” Superintendent of Shahid Khudiram Bose central jail, Muzaffarpur, Rajiv Kumar Singh told the media on Saturday.

Media reports have said there are good numbers of qualified prisoners lodged in Muzaffarpur central jail. According to the report, of the total 2,035 prisoners lodged there, 157 are post graduates, over 400 are graduates while 70 of them are BBA, MCA and engineering degree holders.

However, 637 prisoners are reported totally illiterate, reports said.

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