KRISHNAGAR, (N.T. Scaria) — Don Bosco Prison Ministry (DBPM) opened its third Vocational Training Centre (VTC) inside Krishnanagar District Jail, Nadia, West Bengal, 4 September. Inspector General of Correctional Services (Prisons) Mr. Ramvir Kumar IPS, inaugurated it while Salesian Bishop Joseph Gomes of Krisnagar blessed the center.
A large number of clergy and religious Sisters of Krishnagar diocese participated in the opening ceremony.
Presently this vocational training centre has 4 trades (Computer, Electrical (House wiring & motor winding) Garment making & Welding. Other suitable trades will be added later.
“This centre is the result of the determination of the staff, Inmates of the jail and staff of Don Bosco Prison Ministry Berhampore. They put extra effort to get the place in shape. Prisoners worked days and nights to make this project a success,” says DBPM founder director of Fr Scaria Nedumattam.
He added, “DBPM is proud to note that the Superintendent of Prisons Mr. Nazurul Islam contributed cash personally when urgent requirements occurred.”
The centre will run in collaboration with Don Bosco Tech. School Krishnagar, supervised by Fr. T.L. Francis and Fr. Mani (Director of DB Tech). Rector of DB Youth Centre Krishnagar Fr. K. T. Thomas has taken a keen interest and has assured the continuity of the project.
DBPM started its first Vocational Training Centre as a pilot project inside Berhampore Central Prison in 1998, which has over 2,000 prisoners. Midnapore Central Prison with 1,300 prisoners, followed and now, a third VTC at Krishnagar District Jail.
West Bengal State Minister in Charge of Prisons Mr. Sankar Chakravorty and Inspector General (Prisons) Mr. Ranvir Kumar IPS, have requested that DDBPM starts a VTC at Jalpaiguri Central Jail in North Bengal. The founder director of DBPM Fr. Scaria is studying its possibility.