Thursday, February 17, 2011

CIPHET has initiated a unique training programme for jail inmates for creating self employment opportunities

Ludhiana, February 17(Anmol Singh)

Female inmates of the Ludhiana Women Central Jail today tried their hands on garlic and ginger making powder technology during the training programme on food processing conducted by the Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) here today at jail premises. More than 80 women inmates took part in the training programme.

Notably, CIPHET has initiated one and half year long training programme for women jail inmates and total of eighteen trainings would be conducted during this period. The training programme has been especially designed keeping in mind the utility for women prisoners and aimed at generating self employment after they get released from the jail. Dr Devinder Dhingra, Senior Scientist at CIPHET, explained process of making powder from ginger and garlic and their potential for converting them into business.

Saying that value addition ginger and garlic powder is as high as three time, DrDhingra said that by using electric dryer these could be converted into dried form in 12 to 14 hours. "Ginger and garlic could also be dried up in ordinary sunlight in two to three days in summers," he said, adding that process get accelerates when carried out in solar dryers, which has almost negligible running cost. "In year 2007 we had conducted training programme for a group of women from Bihar, they have started generating good income by selling garlic/ginger powder in packets," he added.

We are ready to provide complete seven day training to prisoners, if they want to run their own business after the completion of their sentence, said Dr Deepak Raj Raj, Head Transfer of Technology Division. He said that many of the government agencies might also help them in finance of their training programmes and thereafter in establishing their units. Senior Scientist Dr Sangeeta Chopra took feedback from the jail inmates and also distributed them written material in Punjabi. Jail Superintendent Sukhwinder Singh said that such programmes might go long way in transforming lives of prisoners. Deputy Jail Superintendent Snehjot Dhawan requested CIPHET scientists to conduct more training programmers keeping in mind the interest of women prisoners.

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