Kolkata: Jute products manufactured by inmates of Correctional Homes in Kolkata will now be available in a boat at southeast Kolkata’s floating market. Some selected inmates of Dum Dum Central Correctional Home (DDCCH) and Presidency Central Correctional Home (PCCH) will now get the opportunity to sell jute products made by them at the floating market in Patuli. This is another of the Correctional Administration Department’s efforts to give recognition to talented inmates of the correctional homes in the State.
According to sources in a joint initiative of the state Correctional Administration Department and a city-based NGO Rakshak Foundation, the inmates have been given skill development training in manufacturing jute products since 2017. The effort christened “Jute Story Beyond Bars” aims to empower the inmates and promote jute production.
Around 50 inmates of Dum Dum Central Correctional Home (DDCCH), Presidency Central Correctional Home and Alipore Central Correctional Home are supported by the NGO to earn a living for themselves.Besides empowering the inmates, according to an official of the NGO and the KMDA, another reason for giving space for the selling of the jute products is that it will be a part of their efforts to convince people to curb the use of plastic, as it is a pollutant. Jute, on the other hand, is biodegradable and therefore, sustainable, and it can be made aesthetic too.
Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), which set up the floating market, has allocated a boat on the waterbody for the inmates to sell their goods from. The venture was inaugurated on August 28.
The floating market in Patuli has been chosen because this innovative place has become a hotspot, attracting not just local buyers but people from far-away places too. Even tourists visit this place.
Jute bags for purposes of shopping will be available at Rs 18. A single bag can be used six times. Other products include mats, cushion covers, gift items, files and folders, and home décor items.