HYDERABAD: Buoyed by the success of employing former convicts and prisoners at petrol pumps on the basis of their good conduct, the department of prisons is soon going to open another petrol station at Lingojigua in Champapet in Hyderabad along with 28 other filling stations in other districts in TS of the state.
The petrol station that will be set up in a couple of weeks as part of Maha Parivartan scheme, will employ 25 ex-convicts, both men and women in almost equal number.
Speaking at a press conference here on Wednesday, Vinoy Kumar Singh, director-general of prisons said that the petrol stations would begin operations in ten days.
“Twenty-nine sites have been identified in 15 districts for setting up petrol pumps. Jail inmates will be employed at pumps set up on prison campuses and ex-convicts at other locations. Women will be employed at stations where we feel safety is guaranteed,” the director-general of prisons added.
Vacant prison cells may be leased to other states
The number of prisoners lodged in Telangan state prisons has been declining for the past few years and there is currently vacant space for over 800 prisoners. The department of prisons has decided to cash in on the situation by letting out the vacant prison cells to the prisons departments of other states.