The correctional home department has set up a skill training unit in Alipore Central Correctional Home to help inmates learn modern techniques on different artworks which have “commercial value”.
The move would help inmates to be self dependent and they would use the same skill to earn their livelihoods when they are released from the correctional home with completion of their sentence.
The inmates would be undergoing training on embroidery work using zari.
According to an official of the Alipore Central Correctional Home, the course for the training has been decided based on the market value of a particular skill. It may be mentioned that at present there is a huge demand for such artisans.
There are several markets in the state where livelihood of people is completely dependent on zari work. More than 50,000 people in Howrah are involved with zari industry. “Thus it is expected that the training on zari work would help them to be self dependent and to earn livelihood for their family members as well,” he said.
Besides training on zari work, the inmates would also be undergoing training on garments making. A civil society partner of the correctional home department has been engaged to impart the training. At the same time, sewing machines have also been given to the inmates to sew garments.
The programme has been taken up under ‘Skill Training and Production cum Sale’ project. The trainee inmates would be benefitted in both the long and short run. The inmates are at present involved in making the garments while they can use the same skill to earn his livelihood after getting released from the correctional home.
It is learnt that the correctional home department would be introducing more such fields in which the inmates would get trained to develop their skill.
It may be mentioned that this time, some inmates of the correctional home made a Durga idol and it was worshipped in one of the Puja mandaps. There are some artists in the correctional home who used to prepare Durga idols every year. But that was worshipped in the correctional home itself. This is the first time when an idol made by inmates was being worshipped outside in a mandap outside the correctional home.
At the same time a programme was taken up to provide financial support to prisoners’ children for basic needs like health and education.