The theme of the Abhishek Bachchan starrer movie ‘Dasvi’, shot at the Agra Central Jail, revolved around spreading the light of education among prisoners. In Agra Central jail, inspired by Abhishek Bachchan’s role as a politician appearing for the high school board examinations, 29 prisoners cleared the high school exams this year.
The inspiration for this movie probably came from the National Crime Record Bureau records showing that UP prisons topped in the education and rehabilitation of prisoners. According to these statistics, 671 prisoners got the Master’s degree, 2002 got the Bachelor’s degree, 635 passed intermediate and a record 10425 prisoners passed the ‘Dasvi’ (high school) exam in UP prisons last year.
A senior prison official told India Today that UP prisons have the highest number of highly educated prisoners and, apart from that, the jails in the state are leading the Pradhanmantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana as well, with over 18 percent of prisoners participating in it.
Here, the prisoners are being given training in hand loom and furniture making under the Pradhanmantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. The prisoners earn thousands of rupees selling clothes and furniture prepared inside the prison.
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Now the Central Footwear Design Institute will also start training the prisoners in footwear design. The prison authorities are contacting footwear exporters about the marketing of the shoes designed by the prisoners so that they can earn for themselves and their families.
As per NCRB records, 18.3 percent of UP Prisoners participated in the Pradhanmantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana and learned useful craftsmanship and other trades in 2021, which is significantly higher than the states of Rajasthan and West Bengal, where 11.80 percent and 0.40 percent prisoners respectively, participated in this scheme.
In 2021, a total of 1162 prisoners were trained in operating computers, which is the highest number in the entire country’s prisons. The Agra District Jail Superintendant P D Saloniya said that the UP Government is focusing on the upliftment of these prisoners through higher education, skill development, mental, intellectual, and personality development, to facilitate the rehabilitation of these prisoners once they come out of the prison.
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