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Hubballi: Under ‘Navachethana’ programme, Karnataka state prisons and correctional services department has initiated major reformative measures for over 15,000 prisoners lodged at 50 prisons in the state. To make the programme successful, the education department wil train the prisoners from November 1.
M A Marigouda, Dharwad central prison superintendent, told TOI that the prisoners are victims of situations and most of them are from rural background. “Out of total of 520 prisoners lodged in the central jail, we have identified some who are illiterate, so as to educate them. As per the order of home minister Araga Jnanendra, we are conducting classes by resources persons,” he added.
“This literacy programme is one of the largest literacy programmes ever attempted in prisons, not only in Karnataka but in entire India. It is expected to boost the confidence and self-esteem of prisoners and also help them turn better citizens. It is being conducted in association with the directorate of mass education and district adult education. The programme will be carried out by the Dharwad education department. Two teachers have been assigned to educate the prisoners,” he said.
Dharwad district adult education officer A A Kazi said ‘Balige Belaku’ book will be given to uneducated prisoners to bring changes in them. “The programme aims at reforming the prisoners holistically by improving their physical and mental well-being as well as their education and skill levels,” he said.

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