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Tihar prisoners take lessons in baking,cooking

Jail authorities,Ministry of Tourism join hands to improve lives of inmates.

Written by Prawesh Lama | New Delhi | Published: December 26, 2013 1:18:24 am

Life inside the high walls of Tihar is soon going to change for at least 100 prisoners,who have been selected to undergo training in baking,cooking and housekeeping. The jail administration,in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism,has started training these prisoners in these skills.

A cafeteria,which will be run by the prisoners undertaking these courses,is also being constructed by the jail authorities. Located near the main gate of the prison,it is expected to open by February next year.

“The cafeteria will be open to the public. Once the inmates complete the courses,they will manage the cafeteria under the supervision of jail staff,” Director General (Prisons) Vimla Mehra said.

Jail authorities said the prisoners would be offered a stipend of Rs 2,000 during training and certificates on completion of the courses. The prisoners will be trained over a period of six-eight weeks,after which the successful ones will be awarded certificates by the Ministry of Tourism.

The jail authorities interviewed hundreds of prisoners to select the candidates. Classes started last week and the successful candidates will also be a part of the job programme offered by Tihar every year.

“Some companies have showed interest in hiring the prisoners undertaking these courses. We will give a chance to these candidates to appear in the placement interviews,” Mehra said.

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