New Delhi: Next time you order `bhalla papdi
chaat` at a Haldiram`s joint, your crispy dish may be prepared
by a former Tihar prisoner.
Fear not as the popular food chain is among 10 odd
companies which will conduct interviews at the jail from
tomorrow to hire eligible inmates for different jobs.
"Hundred prisoners have been found eligible for the
campus interview. Companies that have agreed to hire include
Vedanta Group and Haldiram`s," said Tihar Prisons spokesperson
This is also the first time that inmates who are already
been released from the prisons and those with life terms but
being considered for a release too will sit for the
interviews, he said.
This campus placement was introduced to help rehabilitate
prisoners after their release.
"We decided to go for the placement drive after we
realised that even after reforming prisoners and making them
professionally qualified, they do not get a job after their
release due to their criminal background," Gupta said.
Three successful campus placements conducted last year
led to appointments of 175 Tihar inmates in different
industries and positions for salaries ranging between Rs
84,000 and 6,00,000 annually.
Gupta said that after the news of the recruitment drive
spread to different parts of the city, many companies
approached us expressing their desire to hire our inmates.
"This encouraged us to take the plunge," he said.
The first recruitment drive was conducted on February 25