Akula Narasimha, posted as Inspector General of Prisons in Telangana, has been chosen for improving sanitation in jails and bringing in modernisation. After clearing the State Civil Services Examination, he was posted as Deputy Superintendent of Prisons in 1994 in Andhra Pradesh. Challenged amidst 300 naxalites and extremist prisoners, his first posting was at Central Jail, Warangal. During his tenure, he got constructed a visitor’s room for the prisoners in the Central Prison Premises. While working as Superintendent of District jail, Vijayawada, he established the printing press and cashew nut peeling unit. He also revamped the whole draining and sanitisation system. From arranging financial assistance from banks for prisoners’ rehabilitation to arranging scholarships for children of the prison to continue their studies, there have been many reformative services that were conducted in his service.
Bachu Saidaiah, Deputy Inspector General of Prisons, Telangana, has planted more than 200 saplings of mango, coconut, and more than 2000 teak plants in CJ Warangal. He has helped in increasing productivity in the jails like establishing a petroleum bunk, note books making, phenyl, LED bulbs and steel and furniture units which profits 4 crores per annum. Along with this he installed RO plants, telephone booths for conditional calling, counselling sessions, Marathi ambulance for speedy transport of the sick inmate, modernisation of prison industries, along with beautification of the prison landscape.
Shri D. M. Gohel was a captain of Navsari Sub Jail, Gujarat in 2014. He encouraged the inmates to enroll themselves for the IGNOU Study Center. He was issued certificates of admiration by Jail Superintendant, Vadodra Central Jail in 2010 for his extraordinary services in the jail.
Thomas OJ currently posted in Central Prison and Correction home, Viyyur, Thrissur District, Kerela, as Welfare Officer. He has worked in various prisons namely Central Prison Kannur (Kerala), Central Prison Trivandrum and District Jail Kakkanad. As the coordinator of IGNOU Special Study Center at Thrissur, he led the ‘Kerala Literacy Mission’ for inmates. He has also given vocational training to 178 inmates and also formed a band named ‘Freedom Melody’.
Akram Khan currently posted as Jail Superintendent Firozabad jail, has been chosen for immense contribution in prison reform activities and have helped the prisoners overcome their difficulties in every way possible. He started educating the illiterate prisoners through the help of educated inmates in the Noida jail. He helped them with a Bachelors degree through IGNOU and also set up a special study centre by NIOS. Akram is very particular about cleanlinesss and healthcare so he started yoga sessions in the prisons and organised a programme on World Yoga Day. There are many activities fitness and sports related which take place in the jail every now and then all under his vigilance. He tried to bond over bars by blurring the Hindu Muslim disparities amongst the inmates, by telling them brave stories of thier ancestors and teaching them that love has no language. Recently, a Muslim prisoner of this jail made a painting of ‘Lord Hanuman’ and was awarded for the same. Akram has also helped the physically challenged people or people suffering from hearing or sight issues by providing them with wheelchairs, walking sticks, spectacles, hearing aids etc. Above all, he has also been awarded an appreciation letter from the ‘Indian Literacy Board’- Lucknow and the titles ‘Shinning Diamond’ and ‘Great Achiever’ to name a few.
S S Tigga posted in Chhatishgarh Central Jail has added more than 2000 books to the jail library and has given meaning to the children of inmates in jails.
Vikrant Karbhari Kute currently posted in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He is nominated for the category of Singing. He has also performed in many jail programmes and his songs are mostly on special demands.
Tejashri Baji Rao Powar is currently posted as Jailor in Satara District Prison, Satara, Maharashtra. She has been nominated for the category of Instrumental Music and Classical Singing. T B Rao Powar has ‘Alankara’ degree in ‘Tabla’ and ‘Sangeet Visharad’ Degree in Classical Music. She also owns a Harmonium instrument from ‘Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyala’, Mumbai.
Dilip Nayak is posted as Assistant Jail Superintendent in the Karera Jail of Shivpuri district, Madhya Pradesh. A believer of reformative theory, he introduced ‘yoga’ and ‘pranayam’ for the prisoners of the the jail. This ‘Bundeli Ratan’ has initiated many reforms and received many accolades including, ‘Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi Srijan Sampann Samman’.
Neetu Chugh, Deputy Superintendent posted at Tihar Jail, has done eminent work by synergizing her educational, professional training and talents of the inmates. Currently, she is deputed in Female Jail Number 6 of Tihar. looking after all the Administrative and Executive Work. She has initiated various Vocational Training Courses like computers, paintings, printing, plumbing, creative writing etc. to make them self-reliant. She has also set up a Grievance Redressal System (GRS) where she regularly visits to hear the problems of the inmates separately and in groups which had positive results.