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RMG factory in prison

It is heartening to note that country’s first-ever mini-garment factory, set up in a jail to facilitate income-generating activities for prisoners, was inaugurated at Narayanganj on Wednesday. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan inaugurated the mini-garment factory at the district jail. The district administration and the Department of Social Services deserve plaudits for setting up the factory. The initiative will facilitate the prisoners to earn money employing their labour while serving jail term and thus learn skills. The earnings of the prisoners will be credited to their respective accounts. They can send the money to their families or withdraw the entire amount together while leaving the jail.

A criminal or an offender is sent to prison because his presence in the   society is not safe for others. Such a person is sent to jail for correctional activities or reformative actions. In jail such a person gets opportunity to take stock of his misdeeds that land him in jail. There is also scope for soul-searching. There are instances that many hardened criminals expressed penitence for their past wrongs and came back to normal life. Jail is also a training ground for many a prisoner. By dint of his good activities a prisoner can prove that he is no longer a threat to the society.      

  The training a prisoner receives in jail will help him earning his bread instead of earning livelihood through criminal activities. This will also help him as a morale booster. This will also teach him dignity of labour and discourage lethargy. That his labour will contribute to economic development of the country will provide him confidence and courage instead of harbouring fiendish attitude towards society. Establishment of income generating activities in prison will help social reintegration of prisoners. In Bangladesh perspective it has greater social ramifications. There are enough scopes to erase the dark and stigmatized past of a person. What is needed is sheer will power.

There is a maxim ‘an idol brain is a devil’s workshop’. If a prisoner is engaged in work, he will not indulge in evil thoughts. When his jail term will be over he will be able to reintegrate with the society as an unblemished and clean one. In that case he will be reckoned as an asset to the society rather than liability.         

The horizon of income generating activities for prisoners should be widened in the interest of the country and its economy. More such RMG units should be set up in other jails of the country. 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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