In an effort to make the inmates of different correctional homes in the state self-sufficient so that they can earn their livelihood after they are released from the jail, the state department of correctional services decided to introduce different skill development programmes for the inmates.
To accelerate the process, the state Self-Help Group and Self-Employment (SHG & SE) department has collaborated with the department of Correctional Services for a massive education drive through the process of vocational training programme for the inmates of the correctional homes across the state.
Senior officials of the state correctional home department said that the inmates of the different correctional homes are given training to make chair table and different wooden utensils. “They have been trained to make chair table and other things. Apart from that they are trained to make utensils out of waste which will be used to decorate homes,” a senior official of the department said.
“We have organised workshops in different correctional homes where the inmates will be trained thrice a week. The inmates will be divided into different groups and in a batch there will be 25 inmates. This will help them to get training in a better way. The workshops will continue for six months to one year depending on the size of the inmates and their capability to adopt the training,” the official said.
Apart from that the state Self-Help Group and Self-Employment (SHG & SE) department has collaborated with the department of Correctional Services to provide education to the inmates apart from the vocational training programme in different correctional homes across the state. The West Bengal Swarojgar Corporation Ltd (WBSCL), an undertaking of the state SHG & SE department that imparts skill-based job oriented training to unemployed people will launch this programme in the correctional homes.
Speaking on the issue, a senior official of the department said, “”Our sole objective is to prevent recidivism and with this objective we have adopted the policy to train inmates of correctional homes in various trades to develop their skill & expertise, so that they get employment after their release”.
“Our main target group for the training will be those inmates who are slated to complete their prison term within a period of six months to one year. We will train them in a way so that they become self-reliant. Inmates, who will be trained under this programme, will get financial assistance after their release from correctional homes,” a senior official of WBSCL said.
The inmates after their release will be linked with the flagship scheme — Swami Vivekananda Swanirbhar Karmasanasthan Prakalpa — to support them for self-employment. Around 30 inmates from each of correctional home will receive training and will be awarded certificates after successful completion.
Source: Times of India