Saturday, February 26, 2011

Recruitment drive at Tihar Jail for inmates


New Delhi: A job interview in progress but not at a job fair but at Tihar Jail in Delhi.
A 29-year-old graduate and pharmaceutical company manager was sent to jail three years ago on charges of kidnapping and murder. Siddharth Jailtey, father of a four-year-old then took up a masters course in Public Administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) while in jail.
He is now due for release within six months. And on Friday, he was given an appointment letter by Agrawal Movers and Packers as a marketing executive.
Tihar Inmate Siddharth Jaitley said, "When I landed in jail I was in trauma and depression and everything was ruined for me. But, now due to this campus interview there is a ray of hope that whenever I get out I can earn my livelihood easily."
Gaurav Sharma, who has an engineering degree is hopeful he too will get lucky. He has applied for technical positions at some of the 15 companies who came to Tihar Jail to recruit under-trials and convicts who are due to be released within a year.
Jail authorities here tell us that this initiative is the first of its kind in the country and they are planning to make this an annual affair.
DG Prison, Tihar Jail, Neeraj Kumar said, "For the first time we are vouching to the corporate houses for the integrity and the good conduct of these people."
All the 15 companies that came to look for potential managers and executives at Asia's largest prison say these prisoners deserve a second chance.
Oriental Bank of Commerce official GK Agrawal said, "If given a chance, I feel they will do better than people who are not criminals because they have to prove themselves and with this mentality they can do wonders."
For people like Siddharth and Gaurav who were wondering how they would support their families once they were released, this has given them them the hope of taking a fresh shot at life.


Sandeep Gupta said...

It is good know that criminals after completing their jail term are rehabilated by companies through jail placement. But as Vivek mentioned it is also bad to see young freshers are jobless and when jail prisonrs get jobs it is frustrating situation. Very embarrasing situation and difficult to judge.

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