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Ghaziabad: Dasna jail inmates stitch uniforms for govt school students

Officials of the basic education department said that the materials for the uniforms are purchased by the school management committee.

noida Updated: Aug 16, 2017 22:29 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The inmates also bake buns, which are sold ar Rs4.5 each.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Riyaz Raza, an inmate of Dasna jail in Ghaziabad, is earning by stitching uniforms for government school students. The amount is sent to his family for the education of his two sons. Nearly 19 inmates, like Raza, are utilising the opportunity arranged by the district magistrate.

The group of inmates was felicitated by the district administration at Dasna jail on the Independence Day as they have stitched nearly 2,000 uniforms for students within the first week of the project. With the intervention of the district officials, the group has received an order to stitch 6,000 uniforms for children, under a grant of Rs200 per uniform. The students, under the government’s directions, will be provided two uniforms a year.

“I was a chicken supplier but got involved in a case that landed me in jail for the last nine months. I got an opportunity to stitch uniforms and I grabbed it with both hands to help my family financially. I knew stitching, so I learnt to stitch uniforms quickly,” he said.

“Apart from the first order, on which the inmates are working fast, we have decided to give them another order —for 9,000 more uniforms. This will help them financially and the students will be able to receive their uniforms in a timely manner. Also, we have also given an order of 8,500 uniforms to women’s self-help groups in Murad Nagar and Loni. This will help women achieve financial independence,” said Ministhy S, district magistrate, Ghaziabad.

Officials of the basic education department said that the materials for the uniforms are purchased by the school management committee.

“We have nearly 667 schools, in which nearly 98,000 students are studying. It is a big task to provide stitched uniforms to children as per government’s directions. However, with the help of SHGs and inmates, nearly 73% of students have received their uniforms now,” Vinay Kumar, basic education officer, said.

The jail authorities are also training women inmates for taking up the stitching work.

Another other initiative started in Dasna jail is a bakery unit, to prepare buns, that is operated by nearly a dozen inmates. The buns are branded ‘DJ’ (Dasna Jail) and inmates are given an order for nearly 6,000 buns per month. These are supplied to patients admitted to three government hospitals at MMG, Sanjay Nagar and the Women’s Hospital.

“Five residential schools, including three Kasturba Vidyalayas and two for specially able students, will also be provided buns prepared by Dasna inmates. The buns will be purchased by the education department from Dasna jail. The cost of a bun is Rs4.60, which is much cheaper than the market rate,” Kumar said.

Besides, the jail inmates will also get buns twice a week, as part of their meal.

“Earlier, I was into agriculture before getting involved in a criminal case and ended up in Dasna jail. Many inmates sit idle but I decided to bake buns. Once I am released, I will start my own bakery,” said Neeraj, an inmate who is in Dasna jail for the last three years.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 22:29 IST