District Panchayat and other government agencies are joining hands to open up a world of knowledge to inmates of the Borstal School, the only one of its kind in the State.
At present, there are 46 inmates in the Borstal School, all juveniles detained for various offences ranging from robbery to murder. Among them are graduates as well as those with just primary education.
After visiting the inmates at the Borstal School on Saturday, District Panchayat President Eldose Kunnappally said that the attempt would be to bring these delinquents back to mainstream society. A ‘pravesanotsavam’ (reception accorded to students on school reopening) will be organised for the Borstal School by this month end.
Mr. Kunnappally also met the inmates at the School and interacted with them. Most of them raised the complaint of shortage for drinking water, for which Mr. Kunnappally promised to find a solution in consultation with the District Collector.
District Panchayat has also decided to install rainwater harvesting for the 3500 sq.ft. building, which is spread over four blocks. A scheme for this will be prepared in which the inmates will also be given training.
District Information Office will hold weekly screening of its film series ‘Padamudrakal’, bio-documentaries on renowned socio-literary personalities in State history. The first screening will be held on Sunday. The State Literacy Mission will also take up assignments in the school.
The initiative will also include the project to have a smart class room and provide special uniform for inmates.
Mr. Kunnappally has asked for a report on the requirements for the school. Support from other elected representatives in the district will be sought for implementing various reforms here, he said.
Bindu George, district panchayat vice president; K.K. Soman, standing committee chairman, and Abdul Kalam Azad, secretary, were also present along with Mr. Kunnappally during the visit.