e-literacy to be launched in jails

Inmates to be given facility to read e-books

July 01, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:48 am IST - KANNUR:

District panchayat president K.A. Sarala offering a piece of idli to Kannur block panchayat president K.P. Shija on the occasion of the inauguration of the sales of Malabar Freedom Idli at the Central Prison in Kannur on Tuesday.—Photo: S. K. Mohan

District panchayat president K.A. Sarala offering a piece of idli to Kannur block panchayat president K.P. Shija on the occasion of the inauguration of the sales of Malabar Freedom Idli at the Central Prison in Kannur on Tuesday.—Photo: S. K. Mohan

Director General of Prisons Loknath Behera has said that the Prison Department would launch an e-literacy system in the prisons in the State, with its pilot programme being started in the district.

The department has created email addresses of prison inmates as part of the initiative to impart knowledge about Information Technology among the inmates.

The inmates would also be provided the facility to read e-books, he said after inaugurating various projects in the Central Prison here on Tuesday. He said that the jail staff would be offered training in IT as part of strengthening e-governance initiatives, Mr. Behera informed.

The services of an inmate in the prison who is a PhD holder in IT would be utilised in offering the training, he added.

New counselling system

Mr. Behera also said that a new counselling system being practiced in the Western method would be implemented in the jails.

All the inmates would be provided psychological counselling within one week of the beginning of their imprisonment, he said.

This was to allow the inmates to identify the circumstances that led them to commit the offences and correct them. The first phase of the project would be launched in August, he said adding that the plan is to transform the prisoners and make them normal human beings.

The DGP inaugurated the idli production unit in the Central jail here and laid the foundation stone for the new indoor stadium near the jail compound. The idli will be sold under the brand Malabar Freedom Idli.

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