news Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute| 05:25 pm IST Hyderabad: The Telangana government is introducing a new scheme to provide education and vocational training to prison inmates called Vidyadanam Yojna. It has also decided to give the prison’s manufactures a new brand name- My Nation. The New Indian Express quoted the Director General of Prisons and Correctional Services Vinoy Kumar Singh as saying that the main intention was to give the prisoners an opportunity to change and improve their skills. According to the report, two courses will be taught. The prisons are to get prominent personalities to deliver lectures on different topics; personality development programmes are also scheduled to be held. The Department of Higher Education of the Education Ministry will provide the teaching material for the programme and corporate firm Tata Consultancy Services will provide computer education The decision to market the prison’s manufactures under the name ‘My Nation’ has been taken to increase the marketability of the products so as to generate better revenues and make the prisons self-sufficient. The Hindu reported that the inmates currently make soaps, blankets and bakery items. The aim is to turn these prisons into a manufacturing hub. The measures are to be introduced in the Chanchalguda Central Prison in Hyderabad and then in 11 more jails across the state.

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