'Jail-made' hawai chappal is all set to be available in the next-door shop or market in Kerala as a central prison here has started manufacturing the rubber slippers now. After rolling out a variety of products, including delicious but cost-effective food items, and successfully venturing into organic farming and beauty parlour business to running a petrol pump, the inmates of the Poojappura Central Prison here are now making footwear.
It is a part of the series of welfare measures for the prisoners to bring them to the frontline of society, the Kerala Prisons and Correctional Services Department recently established a manual footwear manufacturing unit at the jail premises. "Each pair of slipper will be sold at Rs 80 and it will be marketed under the brand name-Freedom Walk," said the Superintendent of the prison and correction home Nirmalanandan Nair.
Director General of Prisons and Correctional services Rishi Raj Singh, DGP, on Saturday launched the sale of the slippers at a function in the jail premises adhering to COVID protocols.