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    Amid lockdown the inmates of Vadodara central jail remained in touch with their families. The administration made arrangements for them to interact with their families through video calling. Nearly 300 inmates talked to their families during this time of lockdown.

    Gujarat’s prison administration is known for its humane approach to prisoner welfare and make jails like a rehab centres for them where they engage in many activities to improve their lives. In Vadodara Central Jail, various inmate welfare activities such as education of inmates, library, productive activities through industries, health protection through yoga and meditation have been going on for a very long time and it earned a reputation as a reformatory.

    In the present situation of Corona crisis, another humanitarian gesture of Vadodara Central Jail has come to light helping the inmates to stay in touch with their families during the lock down. This gives relief and ensuring good health on both the sides.

    Jail Superintendent of Baldevsinh Vaghela said, when the lockdown was declared in March everything was stopped and they also maintained the social distancing and canceled jail visits of the families. But it leads to the situation where the inmates felt like not connecting with their families for a long time.

    In such times to ease the tension of worried inmates they put a broadband based video call facility inside the jail. With this they connect with their families and interact with them in the time of lockdown.

    He added that 115 inmates in March, 245 in the month of April communicated with their families through video call and telephonic conversations. He said the situation get worse if the facility is not with them as it creates no communication between them and families.

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