For the first time, Bangladesh has opened a clothing factory in Narayanganj district jail to facilitate income for prisoners. Some 300-400 prisoners of the jail have received training from BKMEA to run the factory in two shifts. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal inaugurated the factory on 27 December.
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. Alongside their earnings, the prisoners will be able to start a new business after their jail life using their acquired skill and experience.
According to Narayanganj Deputy Commissioner Rabbi Mia, the factory has two units, one for RMG products on a 6,000 square feet area and the other for Jamdani products on a 1,000 square feet area on the jail premises.
Rabbi Mia said, ‘Although various handicraft projects were taken at different jails, setting up of a garment factory to transform the prisoners into a workforce is the first in the country’s history,’ he said.”
“The factory would sell the products through Aarong initially”, he added. Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) helps thus factory to export the product. “If the prison authorities arrange necessary papers and allow foreign buyers to enter the prison, then it is possible to earn $ 1.5 million annually by exporting the product in abroad”, said Salim Osman, President of BKMEA.
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