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West Bengal: All 57 correctional homes to get radio stations

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In an effort to provide quality lifestyle to jail inmates, the state correctional home department has decided to introduce in-house radio stations in all the 57 correctional homes in phases. The decision to launch state-wide in-house radio stations comes after the success of the pilot project introduced at Dum Dum Central Correctional Home (DDCCH) recently.

Considering the enthusiasm of the inmates of DDCCH, the state correctional services department decided to introduce this facility in all the 57 correctional homes across the state. “Initially, we have decided to introduce it in all the six central correctional homes in the state and process of introducing this will start in a couple of months. After that we will introduce it in the other correctional homes in phases,” the official added. The department also has plans to create a common facility so that all correctional homes can be linked to a common network, which will enable them to share their performances on a larger platform.

“There was enthusiasm among the inmates of DDCCH to work as radio jockeys. Based on previous performances of the inmates we selected five who were trained by professional jockeys of a private FM channel. The enthusiasm among them prompted us to introduce this at other correctional homes also. This will not only open an avenue of entertainment for them, but can also help them develop professional skills that can benefit them when they are out of the correctional homes,” a senior official said.

Interestingly, Manua Majumdar, who is serving life sentence for her husband’s murder in May 2017, and Debjani Mukherjee, a prime accused in the multi-crore Saradha scam, are among the two radio jockeys at DDCCH. At present, the internal radio station is active for 10 hours a day at DDCCH and the department hopes to increase the time limit in future. A compilation of 3,500 songs of different genres have been made that will be aired in phases during anchoring by the radio jockeys.

“Music has a soothing and relaxing effect on a person’s mind and the prisoners are no exception. Selected prison inmates will be trained to become radio jockeys,” correctional administration minister Ujjwal Biswas said.


Source: Times of India

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