Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Home States Other States Lockdown hits production in prison units

Lockdown hits production in prison units

The Tamil Nadu prison industry, one of the highest profit-making revenue models among State prisons in the country, has been hit by COVID-19 and the ongoing lockdown.

While units in the Puzhal Central Prison were closed down after 30 convicts and a sanitation worker tested positive for COVID-19 a couple of days ago, productivity in manufacturing units in other central prisons across the State has been severely hit due to non-availability of raw materials owing to lockdown restrictions.

Tamil Nadu prisons have consistently remained on top in the country, in terms of profits from selling products under the ‘Freedom’ brand name.

They sell bakery items, clothes, handicraft articles, candles, stationery, etc., through ‘Freedom Bazaar’ shops. Trained convicts get paid for the work.

The Puzhal prison runs a petrol bunk on the National Highway close to its campus, and that too has been shut since one of the 16 convicts posted on duty there, on shifts, tested positive.

Director-General of Police (Prisons) Sunil Kumar Singh said that steps had been taken to finalise tenders for purchasing raw materials, and all manufacturing units in central prisons would soon resume full-fledged production.

About four lakh surgical masks, stitched for the Tamil Nadu police and other State front line workers, are available, since their selling price is ₹10 a piece, considering their manufacturing cost.

“We had purchased the raw materials at a high cost since they were scarce during the lockdown. Now surgical masks are available at lower costs and we are not able to clear the stock at ₹10 a piece,” he said.

Source unknown

Mr. Singh said that the source of infection in the Puzhal Central Prison remained unknown. Investigation was on to ascertain the source, as visitors were not allowed since the lockdown commenced a couple of months ago. Only prison staff and medical professionals had regular access inside the prison.

“We have closed down the videoconference and telephone facilities for now. Tests are being done for others on the advice of doctors. Those who tested positive have been quarantined and are responding well to treatment. Only a few of them have mild symptoms like fever. Five convicts have been shifted to the Stanley Government Hospital and their condition is stable,” he said.

You have reached your limit for free articles this month.

To get full access, please subscribe.

Already have an account ? Sign in

Show Less Plan

Subscription Benefits Include

Today’s Paper

Find mobile-friendly version of articles from the day’s newspaper in one easy-to-read list.

Faster pages

Move smoothly between articles as our pages load instantly.

Unlimited Access

Enjoy reading as many articles as you wish without any limitations.


A one-stop-shop for seeing the latest updates, and managing your preferences.

Personalised recommendations

A select list of articles that match your interests and tastes.


We brief you on the latest and most important developments, three times a day.

*Our Digital Subscription plans do not currently include the e-paper ,crossword, iPhone, iPad mobile applications and print. Our plans enhance your reading experience.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Indian Staffing Market will be the largest market in the world, today the industry is an over 6 billion dollar industry, says Mr Sultan...

Mumbai: According to Mr Sultan Khan, Founder & Director of EaseConnect HR Services Pvt. Ltd. Indian Staffing Market will be the largest market in...

HSE Interview Questions & Answers

What is Safety? The condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury is Called Safety. What is the accident? It is an...

Putham Pudhu Kaalai trailer: Five Tamil filmmakers bring five stories of love in the time of Covid-19

The trailer of Amazon Prime’s upcoming Tamil film Putham Pudhu Kaalai was unveiled on Monday by filmmaker Mani Ratnam and composer A.R Rahman. Tamil...