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Indian Prison starts BPO Unit manned by Inmates

The Times of India reports that Hyderabad’s Cherlapally Central Jail is all set to open the first BPO for jail inmates and short list candidates from 200-250 inmates.

Now, BPOs are going behind bars, literally. In a unique experiment, Hyderabad’s Cherlapally Central Jail is all set to become the only prison in the country to have a BPO unit in its premises.

The BPO would be manned by educated convicts serving out their terms. Prison authorities clicked on this public-private partnership with global IT firm Radiant Info Systems Ltd.

While Radiant Info Systems will invest money and expertise in the unit, prison authorities will provide space and labour. To begin with, the BPO will function in three shifts, with a strength of around 70 odd inmates in one shift. The prisoners will work from within the ‘closed space’ of the BPO office and will be taken out of the locked enclosure at the beginning and end of each shift .. Rest of the article

With Satyam CEO Ramlinga Raju still cooling his heels in Jail it would be interesting to see if Mr Raju w0uld be joining the staff of this BPO ?

A cartoon on Mr Raju,CEO of Satyam. Credit:TOI

Abhay N

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