Kolkata, Sep 09: The Trinamool Congress Government has always believed in a humanistic approach to governance to call itself as the Maa-Mati-Manush Government.
In pursuance of this aim, the Government has taken up several skills development projects for correctional home convicts to make their lives better (by earning some money while keeping their minds focused on positive thoughts), and empower them to lead better lives after release.
In correctional homes across Bengal, the Correctional Services Department, by itself as well as in collaboration with various organisations, runs these skills training courses. Recently, the Dum Dum Central Correctional Home (DDCH), in collaboration with an NGO, ran a project for training inmates with carpentry skills to manufacture a wide variety of home décor items from discarded wooden pieces.
Teaching to make designer wooden items is aimed at empowering the inmates to promote inclusivity and sustainability through eco-friendly products. The exquisite up-cycled wood products are designed using dead and abandoned tree trunks.
Another successful project has been running on at DDCH for almost two years. Run in collaboration with the same NGO, the project is called ‘Jute Story Behind Bars’. Through it, inmates are trained in making artisanal jute products. The wide array of jute products have been showcased and sold by the inmates at various fairs and exhibitions, evoking an excellent response. The products are also displayed and sold at Oxford Bookstore on Park Street. (UNI)