Panaji: The Colvale central jail will come out with an annual newsletter, an initiative which is common in prisons in other states. While the newsletter is untitled yet, it will talk about activities carried out for the benefit of its inmates . Recently, the jail administration started a bio-gas plant to meet its fuel requirements.
Inspector general of prisons Elvis Gomes told TOI that the newsletter will be released annually as is done in other prisons nationwide.
On whether the newsletter would have contribution from jail inmates, Gomes clarified that it will primarily contain activities undertaken in the jail.
The bio-gas plant will be operated using jail kitchen waste, he said, adding that they would also source cow dung for the plant. There are close to 350 jail mates housed at the Colvale central jail.
Another initiative that jail authorities are keen to kickstart is water harvesting. The proposal is pending with the finance department for approval. The IGP office also took up the initiative to grow medicinal plants within jail premises.
Plantation has already begun at the Sada jail premises but Gomes said it will take a while to prepare the ground for plantation of medical plants at Colvale because the terrain is rocky. Authorities expect to expedite the work once the monsoon starts when the earth turns soft.
The state-of-the-art Colvale central jail has been approved by the IGNOU and National open school as an examination centre. Earlier, inmates enrolled at any of the two institutes had to visit one of the designated examination centre to answer the exam out the jail, now they can take their tests within the jail premises itself.
This is also a big advantage to jail administration as it reduces the work of transporting prisoners to answer the exam with police protection.
Courtesy: Times of India