Inmates have staged protests in recent weeks in several prisons as the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases spiked in the country's overcrowded jails.
The jail manual of 1942 had some extra chapters and 16 of them have been retained in the new manual which has 48 chapters.
The Attorney General has asked police to reduce congestion in prisons, his office said.
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The total number of prisons in the country were 1,361, 1,339 and 1,350 at the end of 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively.
A total of 1,166 inmates and 312 jail staff have contracted the infection and six prisoners have died of it, the official said.
Two out of three prisoners in an Indian jail are in enforced proximity—roughly 70% of those behind bars, including a record number of children of prisoners.
India’s worst-hit state, Maharashtra, has reported the largest number of positive cases among prisoners at over 800, followed by Assam at 481.
A medical officer posted in Bareli said it was suspected that some newly admitted inmates spread the infection in the jail.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country with a total of 2,00,064 cases.
Civil society organisations have written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on the poor condition of prisons and quarantine facilities in the state amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Inmates, staff etc who might have come in direct contact with COVID-19 patients, or those who might have spent at least 15 minutes with a COVID-19 inmate will be tested for coronavirus.