Shobha De Inaugurated Jute Story Behind Bars at Oxford Bookstore

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Jute Story Beyond Bars, a noble initiative by humanitarian and social entrepreneur Chaitali Das of Rakshak Foundation now have a dedicated section to jute products at the Oxford Bookstore, Park Street. Well-known author Shobha De was present to inaugurate the exclusive counter along with Maina Bhagat, Director of Oxford Bookstore and Debashis Chakraborty, Superintendent, Dum Dum Correctional Home and Lovely Adhikari, former inmate and now supervisor of Jute Story Beyond Bars.

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Jute Story Beyond Bars is under the Vatavaran Rakshak Project in collaboration with the Directorate of Correctional Services, Government of West Bengal India. Inmates of prisons have had skill development training by expert trainers empanelled with the National Jute Board and are creatively engaged in the crafting of artisanal products from jute. The production by inmates is supplemented by like items crafted by women from the economically depressed sections of urban and rural West Bengal which helps in their economic empowerment.

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Jute Story Beyond Bars has stunning products ranging from table mat sets, shopping bags, cushion covers, rugs, magazine holders, coasters and other customised items. Fund generated by this initiative is used for sustaining the project, harnessing creativity, engaging the artisans and empowering lives while conserving the environment.

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