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Burail jail inmates-stitched clothes to find their way to khadi outlets

The jail authorities have tied up with the Khadi Gram Udyog for this.

punjab Updated: Jun 11, 2017 10:53 IST
Shailee Dogra
Of 20 men and women being trained, some are using needle and thread to make handmade garments which are more in demand.
Of 20 men and women being trained, some are using needle and thread to make handmade garments which are more in demand.(HT File Photo)

As part of prison reforms, inmates of the Burail jail these days are busy stitching clothes that will be supplied to various khadi outlets.

To meet the quality standards, the inmates are given training on special sewing machines. They stitch pants, shirts and kurta-pyjamas. But not all clothes are being stitched using machines.

Of a total of 20 male and female inmates being trained, some are using needle and thread to make handmade garments which are more in demand. They are paid on daily basis depending on their skill set. An unskilled inmate gets Rs 40 per day, a semi-skilled worker gets Rs 50 while a skilled one earns Rs 60 daily for stitching clothes.

The rest of the money goes to the prison welfare fund. The jail authorities have tied up with the Khadi Gram Udyog for this.

“This is done as part of the rehabilitation scheme so that when they go out, they can earn a living and lead a life of dignity,” said SK Jain, additional inspector general (AIG) prisons), Chandigarh.

“We are getting orders from Sector 17 also,” he said.

Their food much in demand

Already, the jail authorities are supplying food to about 4,600 children enrolled at nearly 100 anganwadi centres in the city daily.

A special thali comprising four chapatis, rice, dal, two vegetables, raita, pickle and a sweet dish prepared by the jail inmates is sold for Rs 150.

The jail generated Rs 14 lakh revenue in the last four months.

People can place bulk orders with the jail authorities for getting food for parties and other events.

The food prepared by the inmates is sold on a no-profit, no-loss basis. It is sold at a shop in the prison shopping complex, Sector 51. The shop was inaugurated by MP Kirron Kher in August last year.

The inmates prepare ‘boondi ladoos’, besan burfi and samosas.