Arpita Srivastava | NT NETWORK
In a bid to motivate and encourage inmates
creatively, the Modern Central Jail, Colvale introduced a unique initiative under the supervision of inspector general of the prison, Hemant Kumar.
The inmates previously undertook a cleanliness drive in the prison premises wherein walls which were covered with dampness and fungus were cleaned and repainted. Following this, a wall painting competition was held for the inmates on the theme of Mahatma Gandhi and his ideology. A rangoli competition was also organised. Around 130 inmates participated in the initiative and were instrumental in transforming the plain walls of the prison into art which also featured a mural of Gandhi.
The competition was organised to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and concluded with a prize distribution ceremony wherein Kumar along with Fr Maverick Fernandes handed over certificates and prizes to the winners. During the function, the release certificates of three inmates were handed out. Around eight inmates were also awarded with their course completion certificate from IGNOU. The first place in the painting competition was won by Deepak Naik, while the second place was won Chandrakant Talwar. The first place in the rangoli competition was won by Deva Biswas, while the second place was won Abhijit Patil. Inmates Subash Krishnan, Rohan Dhungat and Deepak Naik were also felicitated for their efforts towards swachhata. “The initiative under the supervision of Kumar has resulted in a clean and vibrant premises. Recently, a painting by a prisoner was also appreciated by a high court judge who visited the prison,” said assistant superintendent Bhanudas Pednekar. In his address, Kumar urged the inmates to follow the principles espoused by Mahatma Gandhi. He also assured them that the department would work towards reforming the prison.