Former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi’s NGO India Vision Foundation will start yoga and computer classes for inmates of Haryana jails from next week.
A decision in this context was made on Saturday on the culmination of the two-day orientation programme for about 20 senior officials of Haryana Police at Bhondsi jail, Gurgaon, inaugurated by director general, prisons, Parminder Rai, on Friday.
With this, Haryana would become the first state in the country where the foundation would carry out these activities in all central and district jails as a state programme. The foundation has so far been undertaking various reforms and welfare activities for inmates in jails in some states and Tihar Jail, Delhi, and a jail in Gurgaon, for the past few years.
Bedi told HT that experts from the organisation of yoga guru Ramdev, who also addressed the two-day programme, would start the yoga session with the help of their district-level yoga trainers, while the computer classes would be held in all jails with the help of Geneva-based ST Foundation. Rai said the classes would begin next week.
Stating that her NGO undertook comprehensive, holistic reforms and training programmes for men, women and children who were jail inmates, Bedi said it focused on “shiksha” (education), “sanskar” (virtuous behaviour) and skills to them. Besides yoga and computer classes, other courses would include education, computer education, stitching and tailoring, painting, pottery, carpentry, beauticians’ courses and hair dressing at the jails. The foundation raised the funds on its own from among its partners for all its activities, said Bedi, a recipient of Magsaysay award.
The foundation had been working in the Gurgaon jail for the past few years, the results of which were quite promising, said the country’s first woman IPS officer, adding that the foundation would have a special thrust on the welfare and reforms of women inmates and their children.