The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice on a plea seeking direction to fill vacancies of medical officers, paramedical staff, welfare officers, counsellors, teachers, yoga instructors, strength and pending va vocational counsellors and other staffers in jails in the court which has also directed national capital.

A division bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla while hearing the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by activist-advocate Amit Sahni, noted that the situation appears to be a grave deficiency. Issuing notice to the respondents– Delhi Govt and DG Prisons, the court directed the city government to file a status report regarding sanctioned cancies. In the meanwhile, the respondents initiated the process of recruitment of pending vacancies. The matter will now be considered in July. In the plea, petitioner Sahni said there is an acute shortage of prison staff and particularly all posts of educational, correctional staff, psychiatric social workers, and psychologists are lying vacant for a long time.

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Delhi Prisons are facing a 20.25 percent staff shortage, the plea said, contending that the Supreme Court and the High Court have taken a serious view of the pending vacancies in jail staff. The plea contended that the shortage of prison staff is a reason for inadequate management of Delhi jails and many times the same leads to violence upon the errant inmates by the jail staff.

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