Opening retail outlets at central prison premises in Punjab

Punjab News Express | May 30, 2019 05:07 PM

CHANDIGARH: “The Jail Department would undertake a major policy initiative with the active assistance of the Indian Oil Corporation to open retail outlets of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) across the Central Prison Premises in Punjab.”

Disclosing this here today while interacting with the representatives of the Indian Oil Corporation, the Jail Minister, Punjab, S. Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) would be inked with the IOC on the 3rd of June in Patiala to this effect. Elaborating more, the minister said that the land would be provided by the Government and the initial thrust would be to launch the project in Patiala, Ludhiana, Sangrur, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur, Hoshiarpur and Amritsar. The minister also said that the initiative would result in providing job avenues in ample measures to the inmates as the retail outlets would comprise of petrol stations as well as the food courts.

Divulging further, S. Randhawa said that the jail inmates would also be engaged in the vocation of preparing the uniform to be worn while on job at the petrol stations. Besides, the thrust is also on to employ inmates at the factories owned by the cooperative sector institutions such as Sugarfed.

The minister also added that the proposed initiative would not only channelize the energies of the inmates to flow in a constructive direction but would also afford them a chance to be assimilated into the societal mainstream in a better way once they are released from prison.

The Executive Director Indian Oil Corporation Mr. Sujoy Chaudhary during the course of the interactions said that the IOC would also assess the possibility to replicate the projects in other parts of Punjab once the latter gets going in the places earmarked initially.

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