A state-of-the-art press would be installed at Beur Central Jail to provide employment to its inmates and meet the increasing demand of printing material at various government offices.
Bhagalpur central jail is the other prison in the state to have such a facility.
“A printing press at Beur Central Jail has been proposed keeping in mind the increasing demand of printing materials at various government offices. We have received a very positive response in the Bhagalpur jail where a printing press was installed a few years ago,” inspector-general (prisons) Anand Kishore said on Tuesday.
Set up at a cost of about Rs 55 lakh in 2009, the printing facility at the Bhagalpur jail had earned over Rs 1 crore in 2011. “The demand of printing materials in Beur Central Jail will be several times higher than that in the Bhagalpur prison. Police officers also often ask for printing materials,” Kishore said.
Sources said a team of prison department officers visited the Beur jail last week to select the spot for setting up the machines. The press would provide employment to the inmates, as the facility would be run by them.
“The inmates will receive training to run the machines. The trained inmates would later train others interested in working at the press,” director of industries (jail) VBP Singh said. He added that the press would help the department reduce its expenses, as the machines would be used for printing forms and registers.
Bihar had topped in the country in 2008-09 in terms of money earned from the sale of products made by the jail inmates. Bihar jails had generated Rs 10.76 crore in 2008-09 and over Rs 16 crore in 2010-11.