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‘Abhilasha' re-kindles hope in undertrials

G. Nagaraja
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An undertrial interacts with Y. Ramakrishna, DRDA Project Director, at a programme in the sub jail at Eluru on Wednesday. —Photo: A.V.G. Prasad
An undertrial interacts with Y. Ramakrishna, DRDA Project Director, at a programme in the sub jail at Eluru on Wednesday. —Photo: A.V.G. Prasad

‘Abhilasha', an initiative conceived by West Godavari district Collector G. Vanimohan, has kindled new hope in an undertrial V. Vijayakumar, who is an MBA dropout. Languishing in the sub jail following a rape case against him, Vijayakumar is eager to rebuild his life by completing his studies.

The 22-year-old youth from Gunnampalli in Dwaraka Tirumala mandal has expressed this resolve while interacting with a team of officials from the district administration at the sub jail on Wednesday.

“I have been longing to settle in a cosy job after completing MBA and relieve my parents of abject poverty and hardship. When I was about to reach my goal, quirk of fate has landed me in jail,” Vijayakumar said. A student from a management institution in Tadepalligudem, Vijayakumar was arrested and remanded in judicial custody three weeks ago. He sought permission from the government to take the examination directly with an exemption from attending classes.

Blessing in disguise

‘Abhilasha' has come as a blessing in disguise for the inmates.

The programme is aimed at bringing the prisoners into the mainstream by promoting skill development in a slew of trades. It is proposed to hold a series of training programmes for them in this direction as part of the endeavour.

Officials of the District Rural Development Agency, Self Employment and Training, West Godavari district (SETWEL), BC Welfare, Minorities Welfare, Disabled Welfare, and activists of the Sarvodaya Mandal have initiated the programme as part of the joint mission.

Dadi Narayana Rao, a chef in a private college, facing trail in a murder case, longs to eke out a living by running a hotel if he receives help from the government. Similarly, Pappu Tulasi Krishna, remanded in a theft case, intends to eke out a living as a fruit vendor after his release from jail. An Intermediate dropout, Krishna used to support his father by selling fruits until he landed in jail. Nabi Khan, District Jails Officer, says, “it has been planned to offer the inmates short-term training in certain activities under the Abhilasha programme.”

The programme is aimed at bringing prisoners into the mainstream by enhancing their skills in a slew of trades

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