The Bhagalpur Central jail, in Bihar, has recently acquired a state-of-the-art printing press. One hundred inmates of the jail will be trained to operate it by the manufacturers free of cost. The trained inmates would later train others.
The press would provide gainful employment to the prison inmates as well as reduce recurring costs of the home (prisons) department.
Contrary to its general backward image, Bihar has a good record in this type of initiative. Some programmes started by Bihar jails include computer training, painting classes, yoga sessions and bakery and handicraft training.
According to Bureau of Police Research & Development, in 2008-09, Bihar jails generated a revenue of Rs 10.76 crore, from the sale of products made by the inmates of the state's jails. This was more than that generated by any other state in India.