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Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - MYFIRSTVOTE -

Among the most com­mon symp­toms the doc­tors no­ticed were lack of sleep, anx­i­ety, un­easi­ness and aloof­ness.

While most of the af­fected in­mates would be treated with drugs, the jail also plans to start yoga classes to help in­mates with anx­i­ety to stay calm.

The ther­apy ses­sions will take place in the jail’s ac­tiv­ity area.

Ev­ery week, doc­tors will de­cide if in­mates need pri­vate ses­sions or group ther­apy.

Au­thor­i­ties said the jail will buy the drugs pre­scribed to the in­mates, and the cost will be borne by the state gov­ern­ment.

To en­sure the med­i­ca­tion is mon­i­tored and to avoid over-dos­ing, jail doc­tors and their staff will be re­spon­si­ble to dis­trib­ute the drugs. “The medicines will be stored in the jail’s med­i­cal fa­cil­ity, which is well guarded,” said the jail of­fi­cial quoted ear­lier. “There is no chance of pa­tients get­ting ac­cess to the pills.”

Apart from psy­chi­atric treat­ment, doc­tors have also been asked to teach the in­mates first aid. The jail is cre­at­ing self-help groups in ev­ery bar­rack so in­mates can help each other.

Ra­j­vard­han Sinha, IG prisons, said the jail has started these ini­tia­tives to cre­ate aware­ness against drug abuse and to help the in­mates over­come psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems.

Psy­chi­a­trist Dr Ashish Desh­pande, the head of the coun­selling team at Divyaj Foun­da­tion, and fit­ness ex­pert Mickey Me­hta, a con­sul­tant for the foun­da­tion, vis­ited the jail last week.

Me­hta said that dur­ing a coun­selling ses­sions, he no­ticed the in­mates were de­pressed as they were guilt-rid­den. “I told them to prac­tice healthy liv­ing, em­brace their sit­u­a­tion and look ahead pos­i­tively.” ground, lead­ers of both par­ties say, is lim­ited to re­sist­ing the bill. Sarma said As­sam had changed, but the AGP lead­er­ship was still stuck in the days of the As­sam ag­i­ta­tion. “The AGP does not un­der­stand this to­day, but they will re­alise this in days to come,” Sarma said, adding that an al­liance be­tween “indige­nous As­samese, trib­als and those who con­sider In­dia as their mother” was needed to main­tain so­cial equi­lib­rium.

Sarma ad­mit­ted that cer­tain states, such as Ma­nipur and Megha­laya, have reser­va­tions over the bill, but the Cen­tre had of­fered to in­cen­tivise the Ben­gali Hindu pop­u­la­tion that wanted to re­lo­cate to other parts of the coun­try.

He said the BJP will try to “clear the con­fu­sion” around the bill and com­mu­ni­cate the cor­rect mes­sage. “We be­lieve so­cial bal­ance will fi­nally re­turn,” he said.

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