New Delhi, Apr 4: The Ministry of Home Affairs has advised States and Union Territories to start using Aadhaar for identification of visitors in prisons across the country. In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, MoS Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said that apart from visitors, prisoners should also be Aadhaar seeded to regulate day to day aspects like production before court, release, transport and health etc.

“Prisons is a State subject as per entry 4 of List II of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India.  The administration and management of prisons is primarily the responsibility of respective State Government.  However, the Ministry of Home Affairs has advised all States and Union Territories (UTs) to make use of Aadhaar for identification of visitors to ensure that facilities are being availed by authorized individuals,” Ahir said in Lok Sabha.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs has also advised all States and UTs that prison inmates should also be Aadhaar seeded so that various aspects of day to day prison administration like production before court, return to prison, transport, health facilities, interview, free legal aid, parole, temporary release mechanism, educational/vocational training, release from prison etc. can be regulated by use of Aadhaar,” he added.

Earlier last year, the Kerala government had made Aadhaar mandatory for prisoners in jails across the state.