New Delhi: To help prison inmates build a better life, IndianOil has launched Parivartan – an initiative to train inmates in select sports – at select prisons across the country. The initiative was inaugurated today by Mr. Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil.
Under this initiative, IndianOil, in coordination with Prisons Department of the respective State Police, will facilitate training programmes in badminton, volleyball, chess, tennis, and carrom across prisons in India to help improve the physical and mental well-being of prison inmates, especially during this pandemic period. This unique initiative coincides with India’s 75th Independence Day being celebrated as Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
During the four-week-long training, 129 inmates will be coached in the basics of the sport, enabling them to participate in local competitions, besides recreation. This initiative will also boost the participants’ self-esteem and confidence.
IndianOil will also provide the equipment and kits to the participants of the programme.
International-level sportspersons from IndianOil will steer the program. The coaches include badminton players, Abhinn Shyam Gupta (Arjuna awardee), Trupti Murugunde (Commonwealth Games medalist & Dhyan Chand awardee), S Arun Vishnu (national champion); Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout (chess), tennis player Rushmi Chakravarthi (national champion) and renowned carrom players Ramesh Babu, S Parimala Devi and Srinivas.
“IndianOil has been leading a number of social stewardship programmes across the country. ‘Parivartan’ initiative aims to build confidence and improve the well-being of prison inmates through sports”, said Mr. Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil.
“The programme is in sync with IndianOil’s core value of care and will complement our ongoing initiative of employing prison inmates and people who have completed their time in prison, as customer attendants at our fuel stations,” he further elaborated.
In its first phase, Parivartan has been launched in Chanchalguda Central Jail (Hyderabad), Puzhal Central Jail (Chennai), Poojapura Central Jail (Trivandrum), Special Jail (Bhubaneshwar), and Circle Jail (Cuttack). The programme aims to help inmates overcome the stigma associated with imprisonment and aid in their smooth reintegration into the society upon their release.
Currently, IndianOil employs prison inmates and people who have finished their prison term as customer attendants at 30 retail outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
IndianOil is a diversified, integrated energy major with a presence in almost all the streams of oil, gas, petrochemicals, and alternative energy sources. With a net profit of Rs. 21,836 crore for the fiscal 2020-21, IndianOil is one the largest and most trusted corporates in the country, touching the lives of over a billion Indians. With a 33,500-plus workforce, extensive refining, distribution & marketing infrastructure, and advanced R&D facilities, lndianOil has provided energy access to millions of people across the length and breadth of the country through its ever-expanding network of customer touchpoints, currently numbering over 50,000.
It has subsidiaries in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the UAE, Singapore, Sweden, the USA, and the Netherlands. It is pursuing diverse business interests with over 20 joint ventures with reputed business partners from India and abroad to explore global opportunities.
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