Hazaribagh: As a part rehabilitation of misguided people including Naxalites, an open jail was on Tuesday inaugurated in Jharkhand`s Hazaribagh district.
"It is a historic moment for Jharkhand where Naxalites who surrendered recently will be allowed to stay with their family and minor children," Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said after inaugurating the open jail situated adjacent to the Hazaribagh Central Jail here.
The 100 inmates are free to go outside the jail and freely move in town but should not go beyond 15 km radius and should go to earn livelihood between 7 am and 5 pm, jail sources said.
Soren said the government would soon announce another surrender policy for rebels to enable them join the mainstream.
"This open jail will prove a milestone," he said, adding the government would provide further help like self-employment, government employment, vocational training to the surrendered Naxalites and their children.
"As these tribals have surrendered they should not be treated as Maoists. Because they are just like our brothers and sisters," he said, appealing to the jail staff to treat them as good citizens.
Soren also inaugurated a yarn making centre `Srijan Centre` set up by Jharcraft in the open jail having 30 weaving machines to be operated on solar power for preparing silk yarns and jute yarns.
"Jharcraft will provide raw materials. It will cultivate mulberry and develop cocoons for manufacturing good quality of silk saree for which about 100 female prisoners of the adjoining Hazaribagh Central Jail will participate.
Jharcraft will provide market to them," Dhirendra Kumar, Director, Jharcraft, said. Additional Director General of Police (Special Branch) Rezi Dungdung said hundred cottages were built in the open jail.
"So 25 prisoners, including 18 rebels have been accommodated. Nine among the Maoists brought their families. The remaining 75 cottages will be filled up soon," he said.
Each inmate would be given Rs 3,000 per month as stipend to spend on their training, he said.
In all, 54 Maoists and Naxalites of other groups have surrendered along with their arms and expressed desire to join the mainstream, he said.
Nav Bharat Jagriti Kendra, an NGO, donated five TV sets and 150 books written by great authors like Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and others to the `Open Jail Library`.
The jail was constructed at a cost of Rs three crore under the guidelines of the NHRC across 15 acres, of which five acres would be outside the campus to enable the rehabilitated prisoners to go for vocation employment and take up agriculture for earning their livelihood.
The jail has 100 prisoners who have completed half of the sentence term and have shown good conduct.
The open jail has been divided into clusters and each cluster has eight cottages having one bed-room, balcony, kitchen, bathroom and toilet and a small courtyard.
The Jharkhand State Electricity Board has installed 200 KVA transformer for meeting the power requirement, besides a medical centre with a doctor, one compounder and para-medical staff.