Bhubaneswar: Odisha government has approved the restoration of Physical Mulakat in all jails of the state in strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.
The Home Department has issued a notification in this regard today.
In the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, the state government had introduced e-mulakat system in the jails in April last year.
Reportedly, the Physical Mulakat at Jharapada jail resumed on Monday.
Sources said that around 44 jails of total 85 in Odisha were highly affected by Coronavirus infection last year. More than 1,500 jail inmates were tested positive for COVID-19 infection while seven prisoners succumbed to the deadly virus.
At present, the population of inmates in jails stands at 18,980 as against the scheduled strength of 19,799.