Maharashtra launches 'jail tourism' initiative from Pune's Yerawada prison

Pune (Maharashtra), Jan 27 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched a 'jail tourism' initiative of the state government from Pune's Yerawada prison, in a move to help students learn about historical experiences. The initiative was launched on January 26 via video conferencing. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other top officials were also present at the Yerawada jail. Speaking to ANI, ADG (Prison) of Maharashtra, Sunil Ramanand said, "Yerawada jail is 150-years-old where several freedom fighters, including Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Sarojini Naidu and Subhas Chandra Bose had been imprisoned under the British rule." The 'jail tourism' was started to make students aware of the history. This initiative will be started in the coming days at several other prisons in Thane, Nashik, Dhule and Ratnagiri. Students and researchers will also get an opportunity to get information about historical events that took place in various jails through this unique initiative.