The Punjab government is planning to supply artefacts, biscuits and namkeen (salted snacks) made by inmates of the Ludhiana central jail to government educational institutes and offices.
Jail minister Sohan Singh Thandal, who visited the jail accompanied by additional director general of police (jails) Rajpal Meena on Thursday, announced the plan. He said it was a matter of pride for the department that inmates were been engaged in constructive activities.
Thandal said that at the jail in Ludhiana alone, inmates prepare one quintal of biscuits of five varieties and more than 50kg of namkeen every day in a bakery unit established by the department at a cost of ` 25 lakh. In this bakery unit, 50 inmates work in two shifts; the technical training was provided by the experts from Lovely Professional University. Inmates who have undergone the one-month training further impart the skill to other inmates, and the products are supplied to the other jails across the state.
Thandal said that to expand the supply network, the jail products would be supplied to government institutes, offices and universities. Senior officers have already been instructed to prepare a comprehensive plan for this, according to the minister. He expressed pride over the fact that products like furniture, soap and tents for police, besides clothing for inmates, are prepared at the Ludhiana jail.
It is noteworthy that 70 inmates have also been imparted training by Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, in welding, electrical work, carpentry and plumbing to ensure their self-employment after getting out of jail.