Ghaghidih jail inmates at the training session on Monday. (Animesh Sengupta)
Ghaghidih Central Jail on Friday clicked its way to a better future for its inmates.
The jail got a computer training centre set up by Vedanta Foundation, the social arm of Vedanta Group, under its prison programme christened Umeed (meaning hope). The foundation has provided five computers and trainers to the prison.
This is the first such computer training centre launched by Vedanta Foundation in Jharkhand.
“We are glad to foray into Jharkhand, having successfully set up operations in some of India’s leading correctional homes that include Asia’s largest prison, Tihar. We expect more such centres and want to reach out to more inmates,” said regional manager of Vedanta Foundation (East) Debashis Chakraborty.
He added that for many, life in prison was the end of the world — a belief that seemed to be most common in India. “The Vedanta Prison Programme aims to rehabilitate India’s prison population by providing them with basic tools to earn a livelihood and open new avenues so that they can join the mainstream after the end of their jail terms,” said Chakraborty.
Jailer Sudhir Chandra Jha said the inmates would be picking up the basics during the two-month programme.
“The jail already had five computers. With the addition of five more, we have adequate infrastructure to train the inmates in batches. There will be two batches comprising 20 learners each. The course will be for three hours,” the jailer added.
One of the undertrials, who had turned up for the training programme on Monday along with 19 others, lauded the initiative.
“This is a great opportunity to prove that those lodged in the jail today may become an integral part of the society tomorrow. Such steps give hope of a better life to us,” he said.
Vedanta Foundation will set up similar computer centres at Birsa Munda Central Jail, Hotwar, in Ranchi and Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail in Hazaribagh in the next fortnight.