Under a unique initiative of Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology, prisoners are being empowered to earn respectful livelihood in food processing sector. Initiated in Ludhiana central jail, the training programme has gained popularity and soon the inmates of five more jails will be imparted training by the CIPHET.
Rehabilitation of prisoners after they complete their sentence is always a big issue for both government and society. This could only be ensured by providing them respectful opportunity to earn their livelihood. Aiming at this, CIPHET has started a series of training programmes in food processing from month of January this year. So far five programmes have been conducted. ‘This included processing of groundnut for milk and curd, tomato puree manufacturing and bottling technology, processing technology of guava bars, RTS beverages, powder making technology of ginger, garlic and onion, value added meat products,’ revealed Dr. Deepak Raj Raj, Head, Transfer of Technology Division. ‘Observing keen interest shown by prisoners, Director General Police (Jails), Punjab has desired to start these programmes in District Jail Hoshiarpur, District Jail Kapurthala, Central Jail Gurdaspur, Sub-Jail Malerkotla and Women Jail Ludhiana,’ he said.
During these programmes, prisoners are given practical demonstrations and hands-on training on food processing technologies. Also, they get motivation by with interacting successful entrepreneurs who have adopted CIPHET technologies.
‘We have more than 2500 of prisoners/undertrails in the jail and they themselves have lot of food consumption, we may set up plant for soybean/groundnut milk production in jail campus only’, said Jail authorities.
Dr R.T Patil, Director, CIPHET said that lot of manpower is available in the jails of Punjab and potential of it could be utilized for developing food processing industry. He said that CIPHET would be providing complete training and support to prisoners who would like to set up industry after they complete their sentence.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA with inputs from CIPHET, Ludhiana)