She has also ordered formation of the Tamil Nadu Prison Department Manufacture of Goods Fund and the Tamil Nadu Prison Staff Welfare Fund for the purpose.
In a press release today, the Tamil Nadu government said that the Prison's department, apart from lodging criminals in prison to curtail them from committing further crimes, was also imparting them with the necessary training, to reform them and rehabilitate them in society.
The government led by Ms Jayalalithaa has been implementing various reformative projects for the welfare of the prisoners and to improve prison conditions.
Accordingly, Ms Jayalalithaa has ordered setting up of a modern bakery unit at the Puzhal prison in Chennai at a cost of 45 lakh rupees. Of the 45 lakhs, 30 lakhs would be used for mechanical logistics, 9.5 lakh rupees towards infrastructure, 2.5 lakh rupees for electrical equipment, 1 lakh rupees for kitchen equipment, and 2 lakh rupees for the working capital. The tasty bakery items made by the prisoners will be sold in the open market. 20 percent of the profit earned through the sale would be added to the account of prisoners involved in their production. 20 percent will go to the government's account. 20 percent would be added to the Tamil Nadu Prison Staff Welfare fund and the remaining 40 percent of the profit amount would be credited to the Tamil Nadu Prison Department Manufacture of Goods Fund. For this purpose, Ms Jayalalithaa has also ordered creation of the Tamil Nadu Prison Staff Welfare fund and the Tamil Nadu Prison Department Manufacture of Goods Fund.
This endeavour of the government is expected to inspire prisoners to involve themselves in constructive work and also help them in self-employment when they are released from prison.