IEP Chandigarh, October 19
Haryana Cabinet which met under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Sh. Manohar Lal here today accorded approval to a proposal regarding replacing Punjab Jail Manual- 1894 as applicable in the state of Haryana in the Prisons Department as The Haryana Prison Rule, 2022. These rules shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official Gazette.
These rules will apply to all prisons in the State with regard to its administration and management, staff members, convicts, under-trial prisoners, civil prisoners, female prisoners, young offenders, and detainues under preventive detention laws.
The Haryana Prison Rules, 2022 are based on the Model Prison Manual, 2016, approved by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs after making suitable amendments, additions, alterations and deletions as per the local laws and local conditions. The establishment of reception centres in every prison for newly admitted prisoners to enable their individual behavioural study, health screening and orientation have been incorporated in these newly framed Rules.
Under these Rules, classification of Prisoners for segregation, special provisions for gangsters and hardcore prisoners have been provided. Besides this, the rights and duties of prisoners have also been included. Provisions for prison diet, its preparation and distribution management have been provided in the Haryana Prison Rules, 2022.
Special provisions have also been made for female, old age and terminally ill prisoners. As on date, the Punjab Jail Manual-1894 notified during the British Rule as applicable in the State of Haryana governs the establishment of prisons. Hence with the passage of time, more than a century-old document needs updation in conformity with the changing times.