A training programme for the women inmates of the Coimbatore Central Prison on manufacture of bakery products was inaugurated on Wednesday.
The course is being offered by the Catering and Hotel Management Department of the CSI Bishop Appasamy College in the city.
DIG of Prisons – Coimbatore Range P. Govindarajan and Superintendent of Prisons A. Murugesan, Secretary of the College Susheela Williams and Professor Fabian Charles took part in the inauguration of the training programme.
The training will be a two-day programme for the 67 women prisoners on Wednesday and Thursday and another two day training programme for 1985 male prisoners which would take place on Thursday and Friday. Mr.Murugesan said that on completion of the training, the Prison Administration would try to rope in the help of NGO's and voluntary organisations for setting up a bakery unit inside the prison for providing employment to the convict prisoners.
At present, whenever a prisoner is asked to take bread as a medical diet following illness, the bread is being purchased from outside and once the bakery unit comes up so that in future breads could be manufactured for the inmates from the prison bakery unit.
In the long run, the Prison could also think of providing bread to the outside market.