Plans to establish production unit after training 50 prisoners

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) launched income-generation activities in the Tiruchi Central Prison and the Women’s Sub-Jail on Wednesday. Earlier, a request made to industries by the Inspector General of Prisons, Tamil Nadu, for playing an important role in prison reforms through empowering inmates with skill-sets to lead respectable lives after their release.

Speaking at a function organised by CII Tiruchi Zone earlier this year, Mr. J.K. Tripathy expressed the department’s keenness to join hands with the industries to transform the lives of inmates by making their latent talents surface.

Nawas Meeran, CII’s Southern Region Deputy Chairman visited the Central Prison and the sub-jail along with the Tiruchi Zone Chairperson Rani Muralidharan for launching the training programmes in fabrication and gem-cutting in the men’s and women’s prisons respectively, as a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. They were accompanied by the DIG of Prisons R. Duraisamy, Superintendent of Prisons D. Palani and Women’s sub-jail In-Charge Parmila.

At the women’s sub-jail, the inmates would be trained in gem-cutting by an expert from the gem and jewellery association. The CII, Ms. Rani said, was aiming to revive the gem cutting industry for which Tiruchi was once famous for. A few machines have been installed in the sub-jail. The inmates would be entitled to stipend for attending the training. After training 50 inmates the CII would establish a production unit. Subsequently, the inmates would be trained in the making of sanitary napkins, minor millets and pickles. The products they make would be patronised by educational institutions, Ms. Rani Muralidharan said.

Likewise, at the Tiruchi Central Prison, the idea of CII was to establish a Centre of Excellence in fabrication with support from BHEL Small Industries Association. After training interested inmates in welding, fitting and grinding, the CII would explore scope for outsourcing jobs for the inmates. After their release, the CII, she said, would prevail upon fabrication industries that are pre-dominant in Tiruchi to absorb them as regular employees. Faculties from the MAM group of institutions carried out the feasibility study for starting income generation activities for jail inmates.

  • Request was earlier made to industries by the Inspector General of Prisons

  • Centre of Excellence in fabrication at Tiruchi Central Prison planned