Panjim: Exactly a year after it was formally inaugurated, the newly-built Colvale jail will now accommodate women inmates. On the occasion of Goa’s Statehood Day, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar inaugurated the women’s block.
Prison authorities also inaugurated first of its kind industrial block in the jail which will house workshops for various arts and craft, tailoring, carpentry, paper making and candle making. The industrial block will also have a gallery section displaying some of the products manufactured by the jail inmates.
Inspector General of Prisons, Elvis Gomes, speaking at the inaugural function said the inmates will be given specialised training in all kinds of craftsmanship. Gomes said the football ground developed within the jail premises will shortly have a synthetic turf and also be the first of its kind in the country.
Parsekar said the initiative to have an IGNOU centre at the jail premises has received an excellent response. He said that almost 100 inmates have enrolled for courses and some have even obtained a degree.
Parsekar distributed towels to senior inmates and certificates to those who successfully cleared the IGNOU examination.
Parsekar said that in a few years Colvale jail will be an ideal jail and will set an example in the country. [H]