The Telangana Prisons Department is planning to raise the number of petrol pumps operated by it across the State to 100 by the end of 2018, to provide employment to more number of former prisoners and also to make itself self-reliant. The department already operates 13 petrol pumps in different districts, manned by as many as 150 released prisoners and nearly 200 inmates (convicts undergoing sentences), besides former jail authorities.

State-run oil companies are in the process of going for bids to procure private lands for setting up more petrol outlets on lease and will hand over them to the Telangana prisons department, a top official said. “We will open seven more petrol pumps in the next two months and the target is to run a total of 100 petrol pumps by the year end,” Director General (Prisons and Correctional Services), V K Singh said. The country’s first all-women petrol station run by released prisoners, was inaugurated at Chanchalguda Central Jail premises here in June last year.

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