At Borstal School, Pudukottai, by ADGP (Prisons), R. Nataraj
PUDUKOTTAI: Steps will be taken to revive the carpentry unit at the Borstal School here to benefit the inmates, the Additional Director-General of Police (Prisons), R. Nataraj, has said.
Addressing the inmates of the school after inspecting it on Thursday, Mr. Nataraj said that it had been brought to his notice that the carpentry unit had been wound up. He would initiate action for its revival, he assured.
Mr. Nataraj appealed to the inmates to develop the habit of reading books and also to improve their academic qualification by joining in correspondence courses.
He received a television, sports materials and books on moral values, donated to the inmates by Suresh Kumar, a physician and the president of the Rotary Club of Pudukottai Palace City, Thangam Moorthy.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (Prisons), Tiruchi Range, P. Munivelu and the Superintendent of Police P. Moorthi were among those who spoke.
Earlier Mr. Nataraj listened to the grievances of the inmates of the school and also at the district prison.
Later addressing presspersons, Mr. Nataraj said that a Borstal school, with all modernised infrastructure facilities would be built in Tiruchi. The Prison Department provided all facilities ensuring health care, education and self-employment for the benefit of the inmates.
Underlining the importance of education as a means for rehabilitation of the prisoners on release, he said that about 900 out of a total 6,640 prisoners in the State were presently pursing various correspondence courses of their choice.
It has been planned to empower 3,000 inmates with similar educational opportunities this year. A comprehensive AIDS screening unit would be set up at the Central prison in Puzhal.