India's first Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
facility in jail will become a reality with the
Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday 23.06.2010,
giving its nod to the proposal.
As part of jail reforms and to provide income
generating opportunities to prisoners, the government
decided to allow private industry including BPOs
to set up their units in prisons.
Chief Minister K. Rosaiah gave the green signal
for the proposal at a meeting called to discuss
a draft bill to use the services of convicts for
Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy told reporters
that the chief minister had cleared the proposal,
enabling India's first BPO unit to come up in
Hyderabad's Cherlapally Central Jail. Under the
public-private partnership, Bangalore-based Radiant
Info Systems Ltd will set up the unit, to be manned
by educated convicts.
Out of 2,000 inmates in the Cherlapally jail,
the authorities will shortlist 250 convicts. They
will be trained for few months before the BPO
starts its operations.
The company will set up the data processing facility
in the jail premises with 60-70 computers. Since
the convicts will have no access to internet as
per the jail rules, they will handle data entry,
data processing and data transmission jobs for
which they will be paid Rs. 4,500 per month.
The home minister said the services of prisoners
serving a jail term of up to six months would
be used for social activities. A bill in this
regard would be tabled in the coming assembly