Tihar Jail a Campus Placement drive was conducted in jail no. 2 in which 90 eligible convicts participated. Only those were selected to participate who had maintained good conduct in the prison and were likely to be released within coming six months. 52 convicts were offered employment. The jobs offered were Sales Executive, Computer operator, Manager, Tailor, Driver, Cleaner and Peon. The salaries offered ranged from Rs. 7500/- to Rs. 20,000/- per month.
Under the “Health Awareness Program” Vedanta foundation organized a week long “Eye Camp” across jails in Orissa covering Choudhar, Bhawanipatna, and Berhampur.A dedicated team of doctors visited the camp and examined all the patients and were provided with free medicines and spectacles if prescribed.
“Hate The Crime And Not The Criminal” as said by Mahatma Gandhi holds true for Vedanta’s core beliefs.
India ranks 5th in prison population in the World. More than 4 lac prisoners are lodged in nearly 1336 prisons in India.
The reforms and the rehabilitation of the people in prisons have been discussed on multiple platforms. However, the project set out by the VEDANTA Foundation really answers the call and tries to provide a solution to the impending concern of the country.
The VEDANTA project for the prison inmates starts with understanding the mindset of the inmate and maps them to appropriate skill development training. The Vocational Training Programs for these inmates are majorly focused on developing Computer and Tailoring skills, keeping in mind the employment/self employment opportunities it offers. The trainers for these have been pre-groomed to understand the difficulties faced by the inmates and hence the delivery of training is absolutely revered. The inmates are treated like any other students and undergo the usual process of evaluation and certification on completion of training. Ultimately this leads them to the mainstream of the society and with their skill levels the society is able to absorb them.
“I feel like I am going to college, which I could only dream” is a spontaneous response from one of the inmates after he started attending the VEDANTA program.
The entire process right from identification of the student to his certification takes place in such a way so as to boost the confidence of the student. VEDANTA Foundation is administering this vocational avenue to gainful employment opportunities for prison inmates at various prisons across the country. Around 12,000 inmates across 21 prisons in the country have undergone the courses and are ready for the mainstream, after their release.
Rehabilitation of inmates will be meaningful only if they are employed after release.
In order to remove the social stigma attached to the prison inmates, VEDANTA Foundation is in discussion with various employers to explore opportunities for appropriate employment of the skilled inmates. Meanwhile the Foundation offers the required support on mainstream employment to the inmates in the form of its pioneering concept of Campus JOB Fairs, wherein the receptive Employers from the Industry participate to offer employment to the prison inmates.
Vedanta Foundation pioneered the concept of Prison Campus Job Fair and went on to become the country’s first to organize a first of its kind JOB Fair for the inmates within the Campus of the world Famous Tihar Jail.
The success of the Campus Job Fair in the prison has been well received among the government / prison authorities and the prison inmates. The foundation has so far successfully launched the careers of more than 50 prison inmates across various prisons of the country through a series of Campus Job Fairs.
Vedanta Prison Program is a small step towards liberating the country from the impending concern of rehabilitating the growing prison population of one of the worlds growing economy – India, and help the country grow inclusively.