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Bangladeshi prisons to impart garmenting skills
May '11
With an aim to impart skills to the country's prisoners, authorities in Bangladesh have announced plans to set up garment training factories in the jails.

The plan is aimed at setting up factories first in major prisons and then expanding to all of 68 jails in Bangladesh.

The setting up of garment factories would not only help convicts acquire skills but also make money, which would be handy for the prisoners when they finish their term.

As per the plan, prisoners would be trained by top garment professionals. It would enable them to find jobs in garment factories spread over Bangladesh after their term gets over. However, the plan awaits the Government approval.

In fact, most prisons in Bangladesh already have small workshops in which the convicts make craft items for sale. But, it is believed that producing clothes would be more financially rewarding compared to the craft items.

It may be noted that Bangladesh is the world's third-largest garment exporter after China and Turkey. During the last ten months, export shipments from Bangladesh have surged more than 40 per cent to 15 billion dollars. But the country is facing shortage of workers as many of them are seeking better-paying jobs in the Middle East.

It is expected that the plan would also be able to address the problem of shortage of workers to an extent.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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