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Capt approves PPDB proposal to set-up 12 retail outlets of Indian oil co. on jail lands

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | April 08, 2021 08:13 PM

CHANDIGARH: In a bid to unlock the untapped commercial potential of the prison industries and to generate resources, Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday accorded approved the Punjab Prisons Development Board’s (PPDB) proposal to set up 12 retail outlets of Indian Oil Corporation on land owned by the prison department.

Chairing the first meeting of the newly constituted PPDB, Captain Amarinder was informed that this project, besides giving employment to 400 released prisoners, would generate an expected revenue of Rs. 40 lakhs per month. Briefing the chief minister, the board’s Member Secretary, ADGP Prisons, Praveen Sinha, said prisoners with good conduct would also be employed at the retail outlets and preference would be given to women prisoners.

The chief minister also granted approval to the brand name, Ujala Punjab, for all products manufactured by jail inmates for marketing purposes. Approval was also accorded to the board for taking over all the factories established in jails, existing projects being run in Punjab Prisons under PPP mode and commercial activities being done at Open Jail Nabha.

Briefing the chief minister about of some of the commercial activities being undertaken in jails at present, Sinha said products like bedsheets, towels, mops, furniture, stationary, soaps, phenyl and sanitizers will be manufactured in prison factories under the Board. Sinha urged the Chief Minister that these products should be bought directly by various government departments as per existing provisions in financial rules. He said the Board was also planning to set up a corrugated boxes manufacturing unit for meeting the demands of Milkfed and Markfed. Approval was also granted to the Board to collaborate with various Punjab government departments for supply of products made in prison factories.

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