'Jail-made' hawai footwear to hit market soon in Kerala

South India

After making successful ventures of pocket-friendly food production and textile business, organic farming and beauty parlour business, the inmates of the Poojappura Central Prison in Thiruvananthapuram are now making footwear.


'Jail-made' hawai chappal will soon be available in market in Kerala as central prison here has started manufacturing the rubber slippers.

The Kerala Prisons and Correctional Services Department recently established a manual footwear manufacturing unit at the jail premises.

Director General of Prisons and Correctional services Rishi Raj Singh, DGP, on Saturday launched the sale of the slippers at a function in the jail premises adhering to COVID protocols.

According to the official report, each pair of slipper will be sold at Rs 80 and it will be marketed under the brand name-Freedom Walk.

The jail authorities released photos of inmates, in their conventional attire, engaged in chappal making and the colourful footwear they made.

Meanwhile, a prison statement said the Poojappura central jail has now become a complete COVID-free zone.

As per the report, all the 42 inmates, who had remained COVID positive, have now turned negative for the disease. 
In the wake of the pandemic, various services provided by the jail had been stopped temporarily.

Now, welfare various services, including food unit, cafeteria, gents' beauty parlour and the sale of organic vegetables, have been resumed now.

The state Prison Department had recently begun offering biriyani prepared by the inmates. For this, they have tied up with Swiggy, the online food delivery player.

The Freedom Food Factory, an enterprise selling food, mainly chappathi and chicken curry combo, prepared by the inmates at prisons, has been engaged in the business since 2011.

Besides this, the Central Prison also commercially producing hand sanitizers and soaps. Recently, they had launched a fuel station too outside the prison complex.

With inputs from Agency

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