The Minister of State
for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju will inaugurate the 2-day National
Conference on “Uniformed Women in Prison Administration” here tomorrow.
The Conference is being organised for women officers of the rank of
Jailors to Dy. Superintendents of Prisons. This Conference will have
Panel Discussions, Deliberations and Syndicate Discussions on 4 themes:
• Are Woman Prison Officers getting mainstream duties?
• Difficulties in balancing family and work environment of Women Prison
• Training needs of Woman Prison Officers and Correctional Staff
• Is there need for change of uniform for Woman Prison Officers?
All the syndicates will make presentations based on their interactive
session with different State Prison Officers, Academicians,
Representatives from NGOs and students. It will be followed by an open
house interaction, in which participants will be encouraged to interact
to share their problems, ideas and experiences in connection with their
day-to- day work in prisons as well as dealing with prison inmates.
The Conference is expected to benefit the participants being in their
impressionable stage of service, by implementation of the knowledge
gained through the Conference. Repeated exposure/training will inculcate
attitudinal change and reorientation of work culture of officers,
leading to tangible deliverables. The sharing of best practices will
motivate the prison officers and correctional staff and encourage others
to evolve and adopt similar practices in their districts. It will help
acquire latest technology to provide citizen-centric services in a time
bound manner. The Uniformed Woman Officers will navigate towards gender
equality in working environment. It will help bridge the gap between
theory and practice through exchange of ideas.
The BPR&D charter includes study of problems affecting the Prison
Administration and promotion of research and training in this field. Our
country has 1401 prisons, 17834 women prison inmates and around 3200
women officers out of the 55000 total prison officers and staff. Review
and discussion on circumstances and environment under which prison
officers discharge their duties is imperative in the context of the
objectives of correctional administration including reformation
rehabilitation and re-socialisation of prison inmates.