Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited partners with Prison Ministry India, Pune PMI Half Marathon for the cause of rehabilitation of Prisoners
CEO Pune Smart City Dr. Rajendra Jagtap gives away PMI Half Marathon Award to the winners
Pune: Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) has partnered and shown support to Prison Ministry India, Pune (PMI) in the recently held PMI Half Marathon at Loyola College Grounds in Pune.
PMI Half Marathon organized under the leadership of Fr. Wilfred Fernandes, Director and Maharashtra State Co-ordinator witnessed a participation of 5000+ runners in various categories. The event was held at the Loyola School Grounds and was flagged off by dignitaries from Civic administration and from the media world.
PMI Half Marathon had a run for 3K, 5K, 10K and 21K while spreading awareness for the release, rehabilitation and renewal of prisoners. The fund-raising event hopes to raise funds for a fully equipped, state of the art and skill development centre for released prisoners and their families at Karjat. The Half Marathon received and enthusiastic response from SRPF, AFMC, NDA, CME, educational institutions like Loyola High School, St. Vincent’s, St. Andrew’s, St. Felix, St. Patrick’s and corporates like WNS and Ruby Hall Clinic.
The event was witnessed by a lot of people from the civic administration, corporates, media, schools and colleges, government agencies and various NGO’s who showed their solidarity through the event.
Fr. Wilfred Fernandes, Director of PMI Pune was ecstatic over the participation from various quarters of Pune and said, ‘the focus of the run is to sensitize public towards the cause of prisoners and remove the stigma around their acceptance in the mainstream society. I’m happy to see great support at the first event organized by PMI Pune and hope to receive collaborative support to build this center for the rehabilitation of the prisoners.’
Fr .Saby, Prison Ministry India (CR) said, ‘we are passionate and would continue to work along with the prison and city administration by providing hope, love and forgiveness to inmates and their families and constantly inspire them to transform their lives for integration with society. PMI Half Marathon is our effort to sensitize people regarding the collaboration and help they can offer to support rehabilitation of prisoners.’
Dr. Rajendra Jagtap, CEO Pune Smart City while giving away the prizes said, ‘Pune Smart City is extremely supportive of the cause of rehabilitation of Prisoners and we have made all efforts to make the citizens aware of this cause to show solidarity through various channels available with us.’
About Prison Ministry India
Prison Ministry India (PMI) is a voluntary organization with head office in Bangalore. Established in the year 1986, PMI today serves 1,401 prisons across India, through its 850 branches. Prison Ministry India, Pune branch with a team of committed volunteers works closely with prison authorities to encourage and motivate prisoners and their families to develop hope and an attitude of forgiveness and love. The guiding principles of ‘renew, reform and rehabilitate’ have enabled PMI, Pune to reach out to thousands of prisoners and their families, while transforming lives and building better communities.
About Pune Smart City…
Pune holds an important place for both Maharashtra and India and has ranked second in the Smart Cities competition organized by the Government of India. Free Pune Wi-Fi, Smart Public Bicycle Sharing, Smart Placemaking, Smart Street Redesign, Smart Command and Control Center and Smart Elements, Lighthouse and Citizens Engagement- these are few of the successfully implemented projects of Pune Smart City. Pune Smart City is performing a pioneering role by being a mentor and trainer to other Smart Cities in the SPV to SPV Coaching Program initiated by the Govt. of India. Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh), Faridabad (Haryana), Madurai, Salem, Tiruchirapalli, Tiruppur, Vellore, Erode (all from Tamil Nadu) and Varanasi have followed suite in replication of Pune Smart City model.
Last modified: Wednesday January 30th, 2019