|New Delhi. The
Capitals high security Tihar jail had an unusual visitor on Wednesday.
Inaugurating the India Vision Tihar School inside the jail, the Chief Election
Commissioner, Mr T.N. Seshan, exhorted the prisoners to explore goodness within themselves and
find a purpose to their lives.
Mr Seshan distributed literacy kits to teachers and
released a book, Freedom Behind Bars, written by the Tihar Superintendent (Jail No. 4), Mr Tarsem
The Chief Election Commissioner, who spent more than two
hours in the premises said that now all the 8000 jail inmates would have the opportunity to know
all the 3 Rs inside the jails.
He was accompanied by the Inspector General (Prisons) and
Magsaysay award winner, Ms Kiran Bedi. The India Vision Tihar School was launched by Mrs Bedi last
| The project, headed by Mr Jaidev Sarangi, DIG (Prisons), helped bringing together
all the individuals and Non Governmental Organizations to support the prison in the field of
literacy, counseling, health care, spiritual education, vocational training, welfare and
meditation for the prisoners to bring about a general improvement.
The main objective of the school was to reform the
prison, prevent drug abuse, prevent crime inside the jail, help in empowering women prisoners, to
correct and establish a network among the mentally disabled people.
More importantly the school is expected to chalk
out a programme for human development, Mr Sarangi added.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has sanctioned
Rs 3 lakh to IVTS for development of healthy academic atmosphere inside the jail premises.