Prisoners will receive sports training as part of the IndianOil initiative

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The outreach program aims to train inmates in sports in 15 prisons in 8 states and 4 union territories.

The outreach program aims to train inmates in sports in 15 prisons in 8 states and 4 union territories.

Internees at Kalapet Central Jail will receive training in select sports as part of IndianOil’s ‘Parivartan – Prison to Pride’ community outreach initiative.

The outreach program, which has entered its third phase, aims to train inmates in sports at 15 prisons in eight states and four union territories. She was extended to Pondicherry prison on Tuesday. The third phase was launched virtually from New Delhi by IndianOil Chairman Shrikant Madhav Vaidya. The training camps started at Pondicherry Central Jail in the presence of Ravideep Singh Chahar, IG-Prisons (Puducherry), K. Sailendra, Executive Director (Regional Services), Southern Region, IndianOil, and other department officials from the prisons of Pondicherry and IndianOil.

According to a press release from IndianOil, with the launch of this phase, the total number of prisons covered by this initiative has increased to 37. IndianOil seeks to coach 550 inmates in this phase of the program. Apart from coaching assistance, IndianOil will also provide the kits and equipment. The outreach was designed to help inmates overcome the stigma associated with imprisonment and prepare them for a smooth reintegration into society after release.

“The first two phases of Parivartan have already heralded a remarkable social movement by transforming the lives of inmates and facilitating their integration into society. I am confident that this sports venture will continue to create a social wave that will transform the lives of reformed citizens,” Mr Vaidya said.

The first phase of the Parivartan initiative was launched on August 15, 2021, as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, and the second phase on October 2, 2021, to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti. During the first two phases, more than 1,100 inmates successfully completed sports coaching. In the third phase, IndianOil, in coordination with the respective State Police Department of Prisons, will facilitate training programs in basketball, badminton, volleyball, chess, table tennis and carrom, to improve the physical and mental well-being of prisoners. .

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