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Female inmates of Pune's Yerwada Jail to produce spare parts for two-wheelers
In a unique initiative of skilling female prisoners and enabling them to make a living once they are released, women inmates of Pune's Yerwada Jail are being trained to produce ignition switches and fuel tank caps for two-wheeler vehicles.
Senior Jailer Yerwada Central Jail Nitin Kshirsagar has said that women inmates of the prison will manufacture two-wheeler parts for Minda Corporation Limited.

"Our male inmates are already making wiring harnesses for Boleros (in collaboration with Minda SAI and Mahindra and Mahindra)," he said.

The initiative is part of the group's Corporate Social Responsibility, informed Amol Pagare, deputy Manager (HR), Minda Corporation.

Pagare said, "We will launch training for 15 women inmates on June 1, and the formal inauguration of the manufacturing will take place in June second week. We plan to scale up the number of women in the venture to 50."

Leading manufacturers Bajaj, TVS, Mahindra & Mahindra and Royal Enfield are their customers, according to Pagare.

Informing that a permanent employee of the company will be deputed to oversee production in the prison, Pagare said, "Though the work would be order-based, we expect that the production by inmates will touch up to 2,000 units per day. The jail will be paid Rs 250 per inmate per day."

"The same job done outside may cost us around Rs 350 (per worker per day). Here, we have to account for transportation costs (of raw material and finished goods)," Pagare said.

There are a total of 279 inmates in the women's section of the prison, including undertrials and convicts which has a capacity of just 126. In the men's section which has a capacity of 2,323 inmates there are around 5,049 prisoners.

The high-security jail, one of the largest in Maharashtra, is spread over an area of 500 acres. It was built by the British in 1871 and since then has housed many freedom fighters including Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

This prison had also borne witness to the signing of the historic Poona Pact between Mahatma Gandhi and Dr BR Ambedkar in 1932.

Apart from housing political prisoners, Yerwada Cantral Jail has also served as a temporary shelter for underworld don Arun Gawli and Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Pakistani terrorist and convict in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks Ajmal Kasab was hanged in this prison in 2012.

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