Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group has collaborated with Yerwada Central Prison, Pune for installing and setting up a manufacturing automotive lockset sub-assembly unit at female prison inside jail premises. Setting up of automotive lock parts in jail will facilitate female inmates to earn basic livelihood and learn skill sets required in manufacturing and finishing of automotive locks.
A special female cell of Yerwada Jail has identified around 25 – 30 female jail inmates as per the criteria laid down by Minda Corporation Limited, a flagship company of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group. The female inmates will be trained to work on a shop floor for producing automotive locksets. The Group will also pay the compliance wages to the Jail Authorities, which will subsequently be paid to the inmates by the Jail Authorities. Other than the supply to the customer, these products will be also sold in after-market.
The memorandum of understanding was signed between Minda Corporation Limited “MCL” and Yerwada Central Prison, Pune on 15th February 2018. The MoU key highlights includes installation of automotive manufacturing assembly for producing lock sets. Basic product awareness and basic training will be provided by MCL at Yerwada Jail. The Prison projects under public-private partnership is an extension of unremitting CSR activities which the Group has installed at Aurangabad, Tihar and Yerwada Jail until now. Setting up of special manufacturing plant will not only provide finished goods for the Group but will also help female inmates to earn their livelihood within and outside the jail premises. As a part of CSR efforts of Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group, leaders and supervisors of MCL posted at the jail premises will also conduct basic motivational activities of recognizing best employee inmate, efficient line, best suggestions and appreciations for “WOW” activity done during the job. Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group investment at Yerwada Jail includes entire machinery, raw materials, transportation of goods and other quality systems and procedures as per the MoU. The shop-floor will be run and maintained by Jail inmates under the dedicated supervision of MCL.
Ashok Minda, Group CEO, Spark Minda, Ashok Minda Group says, “We truly feel that women are indispensable part of entire ecosystem, empowering women means we are empowering the whole ecosystem and also coming generations linked to every woman. We are hopeful that our small means of giving back to society will bring some important changes in mindset of jail inmates.”
To facilitate this entire process, few employees are to be fully deployed at the Jail; thus smoothing up the complete coordination and assuring Quality process. The Management team will also visit this unit on a frequent basis to ensure the system & policy deployment in accordance to the Company’s requirement.