Providing skill sets to jail inmates

SPARK Minda, Ashok Minda Group has collaborated with Yerwada Central Prison, Pune for installing and setting up a manufacturing automotive lockset sub-assembly unit at female prison inside jail premises. Setting up of automotive lock parts in jail will facilitate female inmates to earn a basic livelihood and learn skill sets required in manufacturing and finishing of automotive locks.

A special female cell of Yerwada Jail has identified around 25 – 30 female jail inmates as per the criteria laid down by Minda Corporation Limited, a flagship company of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. The female inmates will be trained to work on a shop floor for producing automotive locksets. The Group will also pay the compliance wages to the Jail Authorities, which will subsequently be paid to the inmates by the Jail Authorities. Other than the supply to the customer, these products will be also sold in after-market.

The memorandum of understanding was signed between Minda Corporation Limited (MCL) and Yerwada Central Prison, Pune on February 15, 2018. The MoU key highlights include installation of an automotive manufacturing assembly for producing locksets. Basic product awareness and basic training will be provided by MCL at Yerwada Jail. The prison projects under a public-private partnership is an extension of unremitting CSR activities which the Group has installed at Aurangabad, Tihar and Yerwada Jail until now. Setting up of special manufacturing plant will not only provide finished goods for the Group but will also help female inmates to earn their livelihood within and outside the jail premises. As a part of CSR efforts of Spark Minda, leaders and supervisors of MCL posted at the jail premises will also conduct basic motivational activities of recognising best employee inmate, efficient line, best suggestions, and appreciations for WOW activity done during the job.

Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group investment at Yerwada Jail includes entire machinery, raw materials, transportation of goods and other quality systems and procedures as per the MoU. The shop-floor will be run and maintained by Jail inmates under the dedicated supervision of MCL.

Speaking about the initiative Ashok Minda, Group CEO, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group says, “Group’s basic practice of installing manufacturing facilities and engaging jail inmates is a unique way of helping jail inmates in the betterment of their lives as well as inculcating in them basic business ethics for future prospects. YCP authorities have been very cooperative and encouraging in providing the necessary approvals for our social initiative aimed at improving the livelihood of jail inmates. We truly feel that women are an indispensable part of the entire ecosystem, empowering women means we are empowering the whole ecosystem and also the coming generations linked to every woman. We are hopeful that our small means of giving back to society will bring some important changes in the mindset of jail inmates.”

Speaking at the inauguration Sarika Minda, chairperson, Spark Minda Foundation says, “Our association with Jail authorities have been long known and well established till date with Aurangabad Jail, Tihar Jail, and Yerwada Jail. We have been working continuously to provide skilling and livelihood to numerous jail inmates now, employing jail inmates not only help them earn a livelihood but also imparts them a sense of productivity with knowledge about the business sector. Prison projects of our Group have been identified as the most innovative CSR model of the country recently by CSR Times and our foundation was felicitated for this.”

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