Shillong, Jan 14: The prisons department has taken initiative for skill development of prisoners.
After flagging off five UTP vans on the district jail premises on Friday, the IG prisons, M Kharkrang said the motto of the department is to change lives through corrective steps.
“We are initiating skill development for inmates with support from Meghalaya State Skill Development Society”, he said.
The skills imparted include soap making, tailoring, food processing weaving, basic computer training and agriculture.
Efforts are also on to provide placement to inmates after they leave the prison.
Kharkrang said coaching in various indoor and outdoor sports activities in collaboration with Indian Oil Corporation Limited as part of the programme, ‘Parivartan-Prison to Pride’ is also on.
He said a proposal was sent to the state government to change the nomenclature of the prisons department to prisons and correctional services .
The government is expected to issue a notification in this regard.
The official said the department is also taking initiative to change the attitudinal behaviour of prison staff towards inmates.
Kharkrang said a central prison will come up in New Shillong Township.