Dr. Jayadev Sarangi, Prison Expert, UNODC interacting with
the prisoners, officers and community people
Interface' was organized in the Amritsar Prison on November 10,
2006. This one day seminar was attended by the Prisoners, Prison
Officers and members from the community including NGOs. Mr.
Gary Lewis, Regional representative of UNODC (United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime) ROSA, New Delhi chaired this seminar.
Dr. Jayadev Sarangi, Prison Expert,
UNODC presided over this function where Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh,
DIG Central Jail proposed the vote of thanks.
Mr. Gary Lewis addressing the seminar
on this occasion, Mr. Lewis appreciated the rare partnership and
cooperation between the Community and Prison. "I have not seen this
kind of mutual respect and cooperation between the prison officers
and prisoners. In some countries, where I visited, prisoners and
prison officers see each other like enemies." he added while addressing
the gathering here. He also reviewed the progress of H71 project
launched by the UNODC in this prison.
Mr. Gary Lewis receives memento from Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh
C. R. Garg, DIG (Prisons), Tihar Jail, New Delhi also expressed
his views on this occasion. Prominent amongst the key speakers were
Ms. Medha Agnihotri, Amrita Bahl from India Vision Foundation, Roop
Kumar and Sh. Surjit Sharma. At this occasion, prisoners presented
a cultural programme including traditional Punjabi folk dances Bhangra
Mr. Lewis also visited the De-addiction centre and interacted with
the drug-addicts. He was pleased to see the new techniques of de-addiction
process comprising of sports activities, Yoga and Counseling. He
also appreciated the education system being implemented in Amritsar
his concluding address, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, DIG Central Jail
Amritsar assured all types of help and cooperation if any other
prison in India or abroad wants to implement this model.