Companies recruit 142 Tihar inmates

Companies recruit 142 Tihar inmates

In the fourth placement drive at Tihar Jail on Friday, 142 inmates have been selected for employment with six companies.

The placement drive organised by the Vedanta Foundation, which had previously organised three such drives last year, is an attempt to rehabilitate inmates and change the mindset of people towards them.

Tarun Yadav, Welfare Officer of the Tihar Jail, said, “Of the 175 inmates interviewed by five visiting companies, 142 candidates were selected -- 13 of them were women. The interviews were conducted on Friday in jail premises.”

“Three inmates, Mohammed Asif, Hemant Kumar and Sahil Gulati, have been offered jobs with the highest salary of Rs 30,000. Some have been employed with the minimum salary of Rs 7000,” he said.

Ikaya Global, Carrier Crafts, Future Mission, Frontline, Resco India, and the organiser, Vedanta came for the recruitment. Most candidates were offered jobs such as tower technicians, housekeeping, telecalling and security.  

Sudhir Kumar Jha, Territory Manager of the Vedanta Foundation said, “The criteria for selection during this placement drive were that the candidate should have good conduct and he or she has to be either an undertrial or one who will be released from prison within six months. The shortlisted inmates are selected by the Director General of Tihar Jail, who provides them a certification on their conduct.”

The number of candidates who apply for the placement drives has also been increasing.
“In the first phase, only 42 inmates attended interviews with the companies. The second event saw 125 candidates applying for jobs, while the third one witnessed more than 160 inmates,” said Sunil Gupta, Tihar spokesperson. 

Sashant Yadhuvanshi, a 19-year-old inmate was the first one to be selected among other candidates. “Such placement drives really help us a lot to start a fresh life after coming out of jail,” he said.

Sashant was pursuing his B Tech in Engineering from the Inderprastha Engineering College at Sahibabad, Ghaziabad. He will be released in the first week of February. 

Virender Yadav, who was released about 20 days ago, returned to Tihar on Friday to apply for jobs with the companies. “ Earlier too I got selected for a job but I told my friend to take it up as he was more desperate for it. Since the placement has begun again, I have come looking for an opportunity,” he said.