Speaker of J&K Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta watching products after inaugurating Sudhar Bikri Kendra.
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: The J&K Prisons Department opened a retail outlet Sudhar Bikri Kendra near District Jail Amphalla for marketing and sale of products made by prisoners.
The outlet was inaugurated on Saturday by the Speaker of J&K Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta in presence of DGP Prisons, S.K Mishra.
The outlet has a wide variety of products manufactured by prison inmates after undergoing vocational trainings in the Jails of the State. Products ranging from candles to furnishing items, bedding items, readymade garments, wooden furniture, handicrafts like papier-mâché, crewel embroidered cloth to shirting material are available for sale at the outlet.
Speaking on the occasion, the DGP Prisons said that the initiative has been taken to meet the twin objective of enabling prison inmates to earn livelihood while serving sentences and projecting the reformation programs run in the jails.
He said that the products on display have gone through an internal quality check in the jails and are offered at competitive market prices. He informed that the department took this initiative after receiving overwhelming response from users of jail made products.
The jail made products were earlier put to sale at a small shop which has now been upgraded and converted into this Sudhar Bikri Kendra and there are also sold at various exhibitions and Police Melas.
Following the inauguration, Lohri Festival was also celebrated at District Jail Jammu with great fervour.
During the programme, cultural extravaganza was presented by the jail inmates. The jail premises reverberated with popular Lohri folk songs. The performances of inmates highlighted the cultural significance of Lohri.
DGP Prisons, S.K Mishra extended warm wishes to the inmates and staff on this occasion.
Special food and sweets were provided to the inmates. Among others who attended the programme were DIG Prison Dr. M.S Lone, Senior Superintendent, Javeed Masood Fazili, Senior Superintendent, Dinesh Sharma, S. Ahmad, SO to DGP Prisons, Shabir Ahmad Kumar, Technical Officer to DGP Prisons, Rajni Sehgal, Superintendent, District Jail Udhampur and Saba Shawl, Principal ICS Mishriwalla Jammu. Besides, doctors and other senior officers of the department were also present on the occasion.
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