NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Centre and state governments on a PIL seeking its direction to fix wage for prison workers on par with minimum wages and to provide eight hours work to all prisoners and under-trials who volunteer for such work.

Agreeing to hear the PIL filed by a Bihar-based NGO Bandi Adhikar Andolan, a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu sought response from the governments. The petitioner alleged that denying reasonable wages to a prisoner for his work amounts to violation of their rights.

“This Court had directed in 1998 to fix the wages of the prisoners according to the Minimum Wages Act, 1948. Inspite of the directions of this Court, the prisoners’ wages continue to be much below than the average minimum wage thus violating the constitutional rights of a prisoner,” the petition said. Read more

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