August 28, 2016 12:25:14 am
The state government has allotted Rs 28 lakh to be spent on the ‘mechanisation of farming inside state prisons’, which will pave way for procurement of farm implements, machines and farming material that will help improve the yields as well as make the experience more useful for the inmates. The amount will go into buying the equipment for both closed as well as open prisons under the state prisons department.
“We are now getting Rs 28 lakh. In the next leg some more prisons will see modernisation of its farming,” said a senior officer with the prisons department headquartered in Pune.
As per department records, the state jails have a total of 802.03 hectare of area divided in 28 jails. Of this, 326.83 hectare area (40.75 per cent) is agricultural land. Of the available agricultural land, nearly 57 per cent or 186.52 hectare land is under irrigation. Area under forest tree plantation is 171.01 hectare and 80.91 hectare is barren land.
“The gross revenue from prison agriculture is Rs 3.5 crore of which about Rs 2 crore is net profit,” said the official.
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