State prison visitation rules return to normal operations from March 21,Double vaccination compulsory

Pramesh S Jain 

After a gap of nearly two years the prison department announced that it will restart visiting hours of prisoners across the state from March 21.

Presently covid cases have come down and hence physical interviews are being restarted to the prisoners from March 21 this year across the state,Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services,Alok Mohan,said .

However the covid protocol will be in place as precautionary measures,he added.Interviews shall be provided only upon pre -appointments.

family members,relatives,friends and advocates coming for the visit shall contact prison officials concerned over email/whatsapp or on telephone to get the appointment by providing required details.

The visiting hour will be on specific date and time provided by the prison officials.

The visitors should not have any covid symptoms,and should have been vaccinated twice and present the covid vaccine certificate at the time of visit .

The Prison Department on Monday suspended the inmates visiting facility temporarily in the wake of COVID-19 scare.

The decision was taken as a precautionary measures.The prison staff have been asked to provide phone facilities instead of family meeting them in person,he said.