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Textiles made by Choudwar jail inmates could be available online soon

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The Government of Odisha plans to begin retailing a number of products manufactured by inmates in Choudwar jail, including textiles and handloom, online through a dedicated e-commerce store.

Handloom and textiles made in Odisha’s Choudwar jail could be available online soon

The local government also plans to open a brick-and-mortar store to retail the products in Bhubaneswar, TNN reported. The products will be marketed and retailed online, Choudwar jail’s administration decided after a visit by government minister Dibya Shankar Mishra. 

"We will market the Choudwar jail products under a brand name akin to the Tihar jail style,” the director general of police for prisons and correctional services, Satyajit Mohanty, told the Times of India. “The name of the brand will be finalised soon. A dedicated website will be created for the sale of the jail products. A suitable site will be identified in Bhubaneswar for the sale of the jail products in an outlet." 

In order to facilitate the scale-up of operations, the home department plans to improve its current facilities in Choudwar circle jail. The jail currently houses 785 prisoners who are under trial and 270 convicts.  

The inmates produce a range of products including textiles and handloom as well as dairy, mustard oil, and carpentry products among others. The products retail at two stores in Cuttack and the jail reported a turnover of Rs 15 lakh ($21,039) in 2018. 

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