Bangladesh's first-ever mini-garment factory, set up in Narayanganj District Jail to facilitate income-generating activities, was inaugurated on Wednesday (Dec 27). Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal inaugurated the Resilience Garments Industry and Jamdani Production Center inside the jail in the morning.
The factory was built on 5,000 square feet of area with the help of the district administration and the Department of Social Services. The initiative will facilitate the prisoners to earn money employing their labour while serving jail term and thus learn skills.
Some 300-400 prisoners to be trained by Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) will be able to work in the factory in two shifts, local media reports said citing Narayanganj Jail authorities.
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 while leaving the jail.
A total of 57 machines, including sewing and embroidery ones were imported and installed at the factory. There is a plan to import the fabrics to be produced in the factory as well as other handicrafts abroad.
The jail authorities have also taken some other initiatives to create income-generating activities for the prisoners and rehabilitate them. As part of the initiative, six looms have already been installed inside the jail where 12 prisoners are producing Jamdani fabrics while 20-25 are producing bed sheets.