Prisoners turn RJs: Telangana jail launches FM radio for inmates
Can jail inmates be radio jockeys?
As part of a scheme to reform and rehabilitate prisoners, the Prisons Department started the project wherein select inmates were being trained to run FM Radio stations 'Antarvani' (inner voice).
What can the inmates do?
Inmates operate the FM Radio Stations, make announcements on the jail's time table, play patriotic, devotional and folk songs and music for fellow prisoners.
"Entertainment was part of this initiative so that they don't feel depressed and commit suicide. We want to keep them in good humour," he said.
Through the Radio stations, announcements and information can also be disseminated," he said, adding the FM Radio service has been well received by the prisoners and would soon be launched in all district jails this month.
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Folk songs and music
Sangareddy District jail became the first District jail in the state where the FM service was launched on Monday, jail authorities noted.
Five prisoners at this jail run the FM station between 6 AM to 6 PM and from 6 PM to 9 PM, play folk songs and music, Superintendent Nawab Shiva Kumar Goud told.
Hindi programme, daily jail time table & more
Apart from Telugu speaking 'radio jockeys,' some more inmates are being trained, adding plans were on to conduct a one-hour Hindi programme.
The RJs also make announcements about the daily jail time table and during physical training, beat drums with music playing in the background.
They also make announcements on the breakfast for the day with the menu and on Vidya Danam (educational) programmes, besides reading out newspapers.
Inmates can also choose film songs and send a request under 'Miru korina paatalu' (your requests) programme.