A first in Punjab A community radio service, for and by inmates of Ludhiana Central Prison

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A community radio service, Radio Ujala Punjab, run by inmates, started on Wednesday at Ludhiana central prison.

ADGP (prison) Praveen Kumar Sinha said the initiative will be replicated in six other prisons in Punjab in the coming days. He inaugurated the Ludhiana prison radio service.

Balkar Singh, Superintendent of Ludhiana Central Jail, said Ludhiana Jail Community Radio was established in association with India Vision Foundation, which is a pioneer organization in carrying out various rehabilitation projects in the prisons. “As a source of motivation, meditation and reformation, prison radio is meant to change the lives of many people who, by chance or fate, have landed in prisons,” he said.
Community radio will be an internal prison system that will be run solely by inmates.

Inmates from the seven prisons who will work as radio jockeys have undergone training organized by India Vision Foundation. “We have installed loudspeakers throughout the prison premises and also established a transmission room from which inmates will broadcast live and recorded programmes. Besides music, there will be devotional and motivational programs. Today, our inmates presented programs that they wrote. All the barracks have been covered and every person inside the prison premises can hear this community radio service. We encourage inmates to write and express themselves. We will also be streaming music on demand in the coming days,” the prison warden said.

“The primary objective is to rehabilitate and correct the antisocial elements. Prisoners face alienation and isolation from society. We hope that providing them with a conducive atmosphere and enough opportunities for well-being inside the prison will help keep these prisoners better,” the ADGP said.

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