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Good morning Maharashtra! Tune in to jail radio station run by prison inmates

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    Mumbai, May 12: Remember the flamboyant voice of actress Vidya Balan from the superhit Bollywood film, Lago Raho Munna Bhai, as she wakes up everyone in the Maximum City with her popular line--"Good morning Mumbai!". In the movie, she plays the role of a radio jockey.

    Now, the inmates of a district jail in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar are attempting to repeat the feat of the actress in their own ishytle as they get a chance to run the unique radio station opened inside the premises of the prison.

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    "A district jail in Ahmednagar has opened a radio station in its premises for prisoners. All the staff members of the radio station are jail inmates," reports ANI.

    Shamkant Shedge, senior jailor, tells ANI, "This initiative has been taken to divert prisoners' mind from negativity and choose a positive path." The radio station is a part of the jail's reform and rehabilitation process for the inmates.

    Along with playing song requests of the prisoners, the radio channel will run health and spiritual talk shows, to name a few programmes, says NJ Sawant, jail superintendent. In fact, special speakers have been installed in every barrack of the jail so that all the inmates can listen to the radio broadcast without any difficulty.

    The jail in Ahmednagar is not the only one in the country where special initiatives have been taken up to reform and rehabilitate prisoners serving their respective terms. The artisans behind the popular online footwear brand, "Inmate", are the prisoners of Yerwada jail in Pune. The jail started the project where prisoners are engaged in making leather shoes as a part of their reform and rehabilitation process.

    Similarly, in a Gurgaon jail, inmates are involved in making cloth bags to save the environment under the campaign, "No to Polythene And Yes To Cloth Bags".

    Next time, when you flaunt that designer shoe or bag, perhaps someone behind the bars is shaping your fashion sense. Would not it be nice if the Maharashtra's jail radio station starts airing its programmes across the country? After all, jailbirds too can sing loudly.

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