Role of NGO’s as ‘Trainers Inside Prisons’

IPS Meera Chadha, Director General, Bureau of Police Research & Development, Delhi, talk about ‘Role of NGO’s as trainers inside Prisons’

Meera Chada studied Policy Analysis in Law Enforcement at the University of Minnesota, USA, for this, she was also awarded the President’s Medal for meritorious service in 1997. She had also awarded with the Police medal and the Director General’s insignia for meritorious service and Hubert Humphrey Fellowship (2001-02) in the three decades of her policing career. During her unbroken period with the State Crime Investigation Department from 1993-95 , a very important case was investigated by her that case was Jalgaon sex scandal. It was in 1981 , she became an IPS officer of the Maharashtra cadre, served as Deputy Commissioner of Police at Mumbai between 1987-91.

According to you what is the role of NGO’s working in Prison?

NGOs working in prisons have different roles e.g. some are working in the field of literacy of prisoners, some are teaching them crafts/imparting skills, while others are giving legal aid. So they help fill gaps where prison administration either does not have resources or resources are inadequate. While big cities have NGOs collaborating with prison officials, I find this lacking in small places.


What in your view is role of India Vision Foundation as a training partner with Haryana Prison administration?

I think Haryana prison administration values this collaboration.
What were your key observations during your visit to Gurgaon Prison during ‘Seeing Is Learning’ I was impressed with Haryana prison administration collaborating with NGOs in various fields.
In your view what shall be the  ideals of a Model Prison? To reform and rehabilitate prisoners should be the aim of any prison.


What in your view shall be the basic essential training needs that should be mandated for inmates in all prisons?

Basic literacy and one or two vocational skills that would help a prisoner post release.
As an NGO we are multi tasking in various dimensions. How can we seek support from organizations like BPR&D to make a progressive change? BPR&D welcomes collaboration with all academic institutes and NGOs of excellence. We would appreciate more research in the field of correctional administration.


As Director General of BPR&D what is your vision for training of Prison officials & collaboration with NGO’s?

Though prisons is a state subject yet BPR&D conducts research in the field of Correctional Administration and provides training to the officials working in this field. We hold National Conference on Prison Reforms, Prison Duty Meet and have recently created a Micro Mission on Correctional Administration. We bring Prison officials, academicians, Law universities/schools and NGOs together to reflect upon the state of correctional administration and act thereafter. Ours is an ongoing process.

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