Correctional Administration dept to urge CM to create brand for inmates' products
Kolkata: The state Correctional Administration department is urging Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to create a brand for the varied
products that the inmates are producing within the four walls of the correctional homes.
"The inmates of the correctional homes are producing more and more things with each passing day. So we feel that there should be a separate brand for the
products they make. I am writing to the Chief Minister urging her to do the needful," Ujjal Biswas, state Correctional Administration minister said.
The minister said that the government is also mulling the idea of opening up departmental stores in correctional homes where there is availability of land.
"Our objective is to ensure that the products made by the inmates are marketed in the best possible way so that they get the total
profit share. We are also in talks with some petrol pump owners in state and
national highways for setting up stores for selling the products made by inmates," Biswas said.
The minister inaugurated a fair organised within the premises of Alipore Central Correctional Home on Friday where stalls were put up for selling of various products made by the inmates of correctional homes like Dum Dum. Presidency, Midnapore, Alipore, Berhampore etc. "This is for the first time when such a fair that is open for all is being organised within the prison premises. The Mamata Banerjee-government has brought about a sea change in the prisons across the
state with innovative ideas of keeping the inmates occupied with various activities. Sale of their products in large quantities will also instill a sense of competitiveness
among them," a senior official of the Correctional Administration said.
The products ranged from garments like jeans wear, woolens, bags, phenyl, umbrella, towels, sarees, mustard oil, etc and even furniture made by the inmates of Berhampore Central Correctional Home.
There are 59 correctional homes across the state among which a good number of inmates of eight central correctional homes —
Alipore, Dum Dum, Presidency, Midnapore, Jalpaiguri, Berhampore, Burdwan and Balurghat — are making such products.