Panaji: May 30, 2016, ….. The Prisons Department is celebrating one year of the commissioning of the Central Jail, Colvale on the occasion of its 1st year of inauguration on the Goa Statehood Day  by throwing open the Industrial Block which is first of its kind in India that will house all the workshops for various arts & craft, tailoring, carpentry, paper making, candle making etc.

all under one roof. Spread over an area of 1406.16 sq.mtrs. of built up space, the industrial block will also have a gallery section displaying some of the products manufactured by  the inmates of the jails.

The inmates will be given specialized training in all kinds of craftsmanship within the industrial Block in the jail premises. Another key highlight of the day will be the inauguration of Women prison Block.

The commissioning of the women block will ease the pressure on the sada jail where women inmates are currently housed within the same jail but in a separate block isolated from the mail section.

Besides inauguration of Industrial and Women block, the CM will also inaugurate a football ground developed within the jail premises which shortly will have a synthetic turf and will also be first of its kind in the Country reflecting best prison practices.

Commenting on the same, the I.G. Prisons, Shri  Elvis P. Gomes said that in the last one year, the effort that has been put in by the prison staff is commendable and even a Bio-gas plant has been installed within the kitchen block to treat the kitchen waste and generate cooking gas.

He said that on the occasion, the toppers in the IGNOU & NIOS examination will be feliciated and special Newsletter titled “Reformation” will be released at the hands of CM in the presence of Chief Secretary. Similarly, the Executive Jail staff will be sporting an Arm Badge which has been introduced for the first time with the theme “Custody and Reformation” will be released by the Chief Minister.

All the inmates at Central Jail, Colvale as well as the Sub-jail, Sada, Vasco will also be handed over mementos to commemorate the occasion.