In a first, top executives of India Inc will conduct a recruitment drive in Tihar jail and pick 50 inmates to be employed in their business houses.
The list — which includes big names like IDBI bank, Vedanata Group, Sterlite Foundation, Agarwal Packers, Jindal Steel and Flex shoes — will carry out the "campus selection" of the prisoners, who have received professional training during their term at the jail.
"Ten companies have agreed to absorb some of our convicts when they get released from the jail. They include IDBI Bank, Vedanta Group and Agarwal Packers amongst others. We have done the profiling of 50 professionally qualified inmates.
“This campus selection, which is happening for the first time, will be conducted on February 5," said Sunil Gupta, law officer and spokesperson, Tihar jail said.
The jail authorities decided to go for the placement drive after they realised that even after reforming prisoners and making them professionally qualified, they do not get jobs after released due to their criminal background, he said.
This job placement is being done to help the prisoners earn and live with dignity.
It will also prevent them from committing crime in the future, he said.
Gupta said, “All these 50 prisoners have completed their education from IGNOU. They are highly qualified. Some are post graduates, while others are MCA and MBA qualified.”