In a move that will prove to be useful for the prison authorities, a 36-year-old inmate at Bhondsi jail managed to tweak a software, sanctioned by the government for use at the prison, so that it gave them all the information they needed “in a single click”. Rohit Pagare, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife in 2007, is a chartered accountant by qualification and an alumni of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC)
“He has modified the software so that it is like an electronic service book for us, where we can get all the information we need in a single click. It has reduced our workload, and also helped to fix accountability,” said Harinder Singh, Superintendent of the Prison.
Singh, while describing him as an “outstanding” inmate said that Pagare tweaked the software at the recommendation of staff at the facility. The software, which was earlier only used to mark attendance, will now also provide information about an employee’s career history, such as his earlier postings, awards appreciating his work, chargesheets against him, as well as the terms of his current posting, including the number of leaves he has taken and his attendance.
According to Singh, the original version of the software, made by the National Information Centre (NIC), is currently in use in all departments in the state for marking biometric attendance. “We had also started the same at our facility, but there were some issues with it. A normal office works in a 9 to 5 shift, but in our case, there are no such fixed hours,” said Singh.
The authorities intend to extend the software tweaked by Pagare within the prison department of the state in the next six months, added Singh.
Moreover, in 2013, Pagare had assisted another inmate, Amit Mishra, a software engineer who was later acquitted, in making a prison management software called Phoenix. This was later among the four approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs for use in the prison department.