Tinka Tinka India Awards: 2022 (8th Year)

By Tinka Tinka Prison Research Cell

  • Inviting entries from all the prisons in India
  • Special awards for inmates who have exhibited profound creative talents and made significant contribution to jail life and
  • Prison officials doing extraordinary work towards prison reforms

These exclusive awards for inmates and prison officials are annually given away by Tinka Tinka Foundation. The awards are aimed at encouraging inmates to exhibit their creativity, highlighting the issues of jail reforms and human rights.

Theme: Newspaper in Jail

Award Categories:                                                                                      

  • Tinka Tinka India Awards for Painting: Paintings should be sent on the related theme
  • Tinka Tinka India Awards for Special Mention (Male):  Male/ transgender inmates who have made significant contribution to jail life
  • Tinka Tinka Bandini Awards for Special Mention (Female): Women inmates who have made significant contribution to jail life
  • Tinka Tinka India Awards for Excellent Jail Service: For prison officials who have gone beyond their call of duty to bring positive change in the lives of inmates

Award Criteria:                                                                                            

  • Each painting should be on A4 size sheet, bearing name of the participant (maximum five paintings per inmate)
  • Those inmates who have made any special contribution for the welfare of other inmates or for the prison system, can apply for the Special Mention category. These awards will be given separately to men/transgender and women inmates
  • Applicants should send brief details of the related work in not more than 200 words
  • Jail officials may send their profile along with the details of their outstanding contribution, especially related to the theme of this year
  • Only those jail officials, who have completed at least 10 years of service in prison department, are eligible to apply

Who can apply:

  • All inmates and children of inmates living in prison
  • Prison officers and the staff

Points to Note:

  • Inmates can apply for more than one category (paintings/ special mention). However, separate Google form should be filled up for each one of them.
  • Decision of the jury will be final. The jury will include senior members from prisons/ police/ judiciary/the civil society. Awards will be announced on 9 December, 2022 on the eve of Human Rights Day

 How to apply: Google Form through website

  • All the entries must be sent in the attached Google form only (given on the website) after duly filling up the details.  Entries in any other format will not be accepted
  • Paintings/ documents etc. should also be attached with the Google form given here: https://tinkatinka.org/ttia-2022/

Last Date of Submission:

30th October, 2022


  • Tinka Tinka India Awards, 2021: Released by Shri Arvind Kumar, DG, Madhya Pradesh Prisons & Correctional Services and Dr. K.L.N Rao. ADG Prisons, Gujarat at Central Jail, Bhopal
  • Tinka Tinka India Awards, 2020: Released by Shri K. Selvaraj, DG, Prisons, Haryana
  • Tinka Tinka India Awards, 2019: Released by Shri Sulkhan Singh, former DG, Uttar Pradesh and Shri Anand Kumar DGP/ IG Prisons, Uttar Pradesh, in District Jail, Lucknow
  • Tinka Tinka India Awards, 2018: Released by Dr. A. P. Maheshwari, Director General, BPR&D and Shri Bhupendra Singh, Director General, Rajasthan Prisons at Central Jail, Jaipur
  • Tinka Tinka India Awards, 2017: Released by Shri Ajay Kashyap, Director General, Delhi Prisons in Jail No. 1, Tihar Prison Complex, New Delhi

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