TRICHY: Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurated ‘freedom’ fuel station at Pudukottai– to be run by convicts from Pudukottai district prison through video conferencing on Friday.
This is one among the five fuel stations across the state inaugurated. Located near Pudukottai district prison, the fuel station was raised on 50 cents of prison land with the help of Indian oil corporation limited.
Equipped with all the necessities of a fuelling station, a total of 24 prisoners will be engaged to assist the customers. Prisoners will be recruited based on their good conduct and will be paid Rs 200 per day. The selected prisoners have been given prior training to carry out the work and will be under the supervision of prison police at the fuel station.
This will not only leave them with a saving, but the experience and skill gained here will help them to take up a job at the end of their prison term. Deputy inspector general of police (DIG), Trichy range G Shanmugasundaram said that such initiatives would help prisoners to come out of isolation and prepare themselves for a better life after their jail term gets over.
“While prisoners with exceptionally good conduct over the recent months have been identified to be deployed for such jobs, this would mentally ease the prisoners who get an opportunity to come out of confinement. Such initiatives would help build a better relationship between the public and the prisoners, he said.