The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju would be inaugurating a two-day National Conference on ‘Uniformed Women in Prison Administration’ on 14 September 2017.
The conference is being organised for women officers of the rank of Jailors to Deputy Superintendents of Prisons. It would include panel discussions, deliberations and syndicate discussions.
The discussions would be on four main themes:
• Are Woman Prison Officers getting mainstream duties?
• Difficulties in balancing family and work environment of Women Prison Officers.
• Training needs of Woman Prison Officers and Correctional Staff
• Is there a need for a change of uniform for Woman Prison Officers?
• All the syndicates would be making presentations based on their interactive session with different state prison officers, academicians, representatives from NGOs and students.
• The presentations would be followed by an open house interaction, in which participants will be encouraged to interact and 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 the implementation of the knowledge gained through the Conference.
• The sharing of best practices is expected to motivate the prison officers and correctional staff and encourage others to evolve and adopt similar practices in their districts.
• It will help acquire the latest technology to provide citizen-centric services in a time bound manner.
• The Uniformed Woman Officers will navigate towards gender equality in the working environment. It will help bridge the gap between theory and practice through an exchange of ideas.
India has 1401 prisons, 17834 women prison inmates and around 3200 women officers out of the 55000 total prison officers and staff.
Review and discussion of 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.