Products made by inmates of a Chandigarh jail to be sold online
The inmates were provided vocational training in baking and candle making, and the products they make are sold to the public at the shopping complex.punjab Updated: Sep 28, 2017 18:48 IST
Burail Model Jail in Chandigarh will hop onto the bandwagon of digitisation and will sell products made by inmates online on a dedicated website from October. The under-construction website is a part of jail reforms.
“Once we get the permission for payment gateway for the website, we will start the facility of online sales,” said OP Mishra, inspector general (IG) (prisons), Chandigarh.
“The site is under construction. We will also make a shop to display items prepared by the inmates in Sector 22 from where residents will be able to order products,” Mishra said.
The shop in Sector 22 was allotted to jail authorities in 2010 and is being renovated to a showroom.
Mishra said, “With the website becoming operational, we will be taking orders online and supplying products as per the orders. From furniture to candles to food, everything will be available at a click of the mouse.”
As of now, the items made by inmates are sold from inside the prison’s shopping complex in Sector 51, Chandigarh.
The inmates were provided vocational training in baking and candle making, and products they make are sold to
the public at the shopping complex.
The jail inmates are being trained to design and make furniture items including wooden chairs, tables, computer tables, desks etc. These are sold on pre-booking and delivered within 15-20 days. Clothes made are sold at khadi outlets in the city.
Meals also available
The jail authorities are supplying food to about 4,600 children enrolled at around 100 anganwadi centres in the city daily.
A special thali (meal tray) comprising four chapatis, rice, dal, two vegetables, raita, pickle and a sweet dish is sold for Rs 150. It is sold online, but an order of less than 50 thalis is not accepted.
1st product kiosk opens in Sector 46
The department of social welfare, woman and child development has stepped into a new venture by starting kiosks, run by Divyangjans, wherein products prepared by the inmates of Burail Model Jail will be sold.
One such kiosk has been made operational in Aasha Kiran, a vocational training centre for the differently-abled, in Sector 46D, Chandigarh.
The kiosk was inaugurated by Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher. Divyangjan children of Aasha Kiran preformed a shabad kirtan along with various cultural activities.