Female prisoners to work in lockset unit in Jail

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 14 August 2018

The Yerwada Central Prison has collaborated with Spark Minda company for setting up a manufacturing automotive lockset sub-assembly unit at female prison inside jail premises.

Pune: The Yerwada Central Prison has collaborated with Spark Minda company for setting up a manufacturing automotive lockset sub-assembly unit at female prison inside jail premises. Setting up of automotive lock parts in jail will facilitate female inmates to earn basic livelihood and learn skill sets required in manufacturing and finishing of automotive locks.

Around 25-30 female jail inmates have been selected as per the criteria laid down by Minda Corporation Limited, a flagship company of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. The female inmates will be trained to work on a shop floor for producing automotive locksets. The group will also pay the compliance wages to the jail authorities, which will subsequently be paid to the inmates. Apart from supplying to the customers, these products will be also sold in the market.

The company’s investment includes entire machinery, raw materials, transportation of goods and other quality systems and procedures as per the MoU. The shop floor will be run and maintained by jail inmates under the dedicated supervision of MCL.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Minda Corporation Limited (MCL) and Yerwada Central Prison on February 15 this year. The MoU key highlights include installation of automotive manufacturing assembly for producing lock sets. Basic product awareness and basic training will be provided by MCL at Yerwada Jail.

To ensure the discipline of jail, entry of raw materials and the dispatch of  finished products is being kept under the control of Minda Corporation for smooth execution of work. To facilitate this entire process, few employees are to be fully deployed at the jail; thus smoothing up the complete coordination and assuring quality process. The management team will also visit this unit on a frequent basis to ensure the system and policy deployment in accordance to the company’s requirement.

Senior prison department officials including DIG Swati Sathe, Yerwada Jail Superintendent Y C Pawar besides Ashok Minda, Group CEO, Ashok Minda Group and Sarika Minda, Chairperson, Spark Minda Foundation were present.

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