Jails in Haryana to have petrol pumps operated by inmates, says Minister

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Jails in Haryana to have petrol pumps operated by inmates, says Minister

Friday, 27 May 2022 | PNS | Chandigarh

In an initiative aimed at prison reforms 11 jails in Haryana will soon have petrol pumps to be operated by inmates. The first of these filling stations will be opened in Kurukshetra on May 31, said Haryana Jails and Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala while interacting with the media persons at Secretariat in Chandigarh on Thursday.

He said the state government is now making concerted efforts to bring about a change in the mindsets of the prisoners in jails so that people have more faith in them. The proposal to open petrol pumps on the land of the jails at 11 places in the state is part of the initiative for jail reforms, Chautala added.

He said that the jailer concerned would initially ensure that training is imparted to the prisoners for these jail filling stations and thereafter their duty would be kept on rotation basis subject to their behaviour at workplace, adding that after observing the functioning and response to the jail filling station in Kurukshetra, such stations would also be opened at 10 other places including two at Ambala, Yamunanagar, Karnal, Jhajjar, Faridabad, Gurugram, Bhiwani, Jind and Hisar.

The Minister said the objective of the scheme is to make prisoners a part of the society. When people come to these filling stations, they will see that the prisoners can also work like common people. A message will also be given to other prisoners as well so that they refine their behavior, Chautala added.

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