THE THREE-DAY colourful Prisoners’ Welfare Function concluded at the District Jail here on Tuesday. Jail inmates from eight circle prisons all over the State presented enchanting folk dances. The inmates from Sagar presented Sera dance and those from Jabalpur performed the Gedi dance.
Women prisoners of Bhopal and Indore presented Nivadi and Dandiya respectively. Dressed in ethnic attire the prisoners exhibited varied arts ranging from qawwali to yoga postures.
The Bhopal circle got the award of best circle and Bhopal’s Shalini Pathak was selected the best performer. Indore and Rewa were adjudged second and third respectively amongst the various circles. Minister for Commerce and Industries Babulal Gaur and Finance Minister Raghavji were present on the occasion.
Raghavji lauded the efforts of the Jail Department and said that the prisoners’ welfare functions should be organised at national level.
He said that Madhya Pradesh would come forward to host such a function. Gaur said that prisoners wishing to get training for small industries would be imparted such training and efforts would be undertaken to get loan for the purpose after their release.
He asked the prisoners to practice yoga and meditation exercises for self-improvement and play a positive role in development of the society. Gaur said that crime occurs in a state of rage and the cultural programmes presented by the jail inmates show their talent and creativity.
Earlier, Jail Minister Antar Singh Arya said that this was the second consecutive year the function was held. Arya said that such programmes bring about changes in the behaviour of prisoners and also bring forth their hidden talent. D-G Jails R K Diwakar and other jail officials were present on the occasion.