Indian Oil launches the second phase of Parivartan initiative. Sports coaching programmeme extended to 17 prisons in ten states across India. Over 1000 inmates to undergo sports coaching
By PIB Kolkata, Kolkata; October 03,2021
As part of its initiative to train and empower prisoners, Indian Oil extended its Parivartan – Prison to Pride initiative, to train inmates in select sports, to 17 prisons across ten states.
Coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti celebrations, the initiative was inaugurated by Shri Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil at Tihar Jail in New Delhi yesterday.
Highlighting the significance of the initiative, Shri Vaidya said, the Parivartan initiative aims to help prison inmates build a better life, boost the participants’ self-esteem and confidence. The programme will help inmates overcome the stigma associated with imprisonment and aid in smooth reintegration into society after they get out of the prison.
In the second phase, Indian Oil, in coordination with the Prisons Department of the respective State Police, will facilitate coaching programmes in multiple sporting disciplines including basketball, badminton, volleyball, chess, tennis, table tennis, kho-kho and carrom across prisons in India to help improve the physical and mental well-being of prison inmates, especially during this pandemic period.
During the four-week-long training, over 1000 inmates in various prisons will be trained with the basics of the sport, enabling them to participate in local competitions, besides recreation. Indian Oil will also provide equipment and kits among the participants.
The participating prisons in the second phase of Parivartan are Central Jail, Tihar, Delhi; Yerawada Central Jail, Pune; Kolhapur Central Prison; Central Jail, Patiala; Lala Lajapat Rai District and Open Air Jail, Dharamshala; Central Jail, Indore; Central Jail, Bhopal; Central Jail, Ahmedabad; Central Jail, Vadodara; Adarsh Karagar, Lucknow; Central Jail, Varanasi; Naini Central Jail, Prayagraj; Central Jail, Guwahati; Central Jail, Dibrugarh, Central Jail, Dimapur.
International-level sportspersons from Indian Oil will steer the programme. The coaches include Manjusha Kanwar (former national champion), Abhinn Shyam Gupta (Arjuna awardee), badminton; Women’s Grandmasters Esha Karavade, Soumya Swaminathan & Grandmaster SS Ganguly;tennis player Rushmi Chakravarthi (national champion), TT Arjuna awardee Soumyadeep Roy, and renowned carrom players Yogesh Pardesi, Mohd. Gufran, Kajal Kumari, Ramesh Babu.
In the first phase, Parivartan was launched in Chanchalguda Central Jail, Hyderabad, Puzhal Central Jail Chennai, Poojapura Central Jail Trivandrum, Special Jail Bhubaneshwar, and Circle Jail Cuttack. The valediction ceremony was also organized at these locations and participants were provided with a certificate for their successful completion of the training.
Currently, IndianOil employs prison inmates and people who have finished their prison term as customer attendants at 30 retail outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.