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The Court Gave Directions Regarding The Welfare Schemes For The Family Members Of The Prisoners

diya dhall ,
  25 October 2023       Share Bookmark

Court :
High Court of Delhi
Brief :

Citation :
W.P.(C) 1481/2015

Case title:

Court V. Central Government

Date of Order:

10th October, 2023


Hon'ble Justice Satish Chandra Sharma

Hon'ble Justice Sanjeev Narula


Petitioner: Court On Its Own Motion

Respondent: Central Government


The court found that there are already a number of pertinent programs in place for the wellbeing of convicts' families.


Public interest litigation is brought about to protect the welfare of convicts and prisoners awaiting trial as well as their family members.


Whether there are sufficient schemes for the welfare of the families of the prisoners?


  • The court decided to end the current proceedings since it found that there are already a number of pertinent programs in place for the wellbeing of convicts' families.
  • Prison officials must publicly post information about their welfare programs for the relatives of prisoners and those awaiting trial. There should be a variety of ways to obtain this information, including government websites, newsletters, and physical notice boards.
  • Within eight weeks from now, the GNCTD Joint Committee is expected to draft its recommendations about the 2014 Scheme. After they are developed, these suggestions have to be taken into consideration and put into practice within four weeks.
  • A feedback mechanism should be established by jail officials to guarantee the effectiveness of the welfare projects and campaigns. This would enable prisoners, those awaiting trial, and their families to offer feedback on the advantages and difficulties of the plans, assisting in their gradual improvement.


A number of instructions have been issued by the Delhi High Court to increase public knowledge and understanding of programs that are currently in place to support the welfare of inmates and their families. The court stressed how crucial it is to make sure that defendants, those awaiting trial, and their dependents are aware of and have access to welfare benefits that will support their recovery and reintegration into society. The programs are centred on the care, education, and financial support of kids whose parents are in prison.

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