Demonetized currency is right now going through transformation. It is now being converted into stationary items through the hands of prisoners undergoing life imprisonment at the Puzhal Central Prison. A senior official said these stationeries are being used in state government departments and their agencies.
Officials said, everyday a well trained team of about 25 to 30 inmates undergoing life imprisonment at the Puzhal Central Prison make stationery called ‘file-pads’ at the hand-made stationery making unit. Around 1,000 file-pads are made every day at Puzhal using demonetized notes.
TN Prison Department, DIG (in charge), A Murugesan said, “While the Reserve Bank of India has offered 70 tons of shredded notes to us, Puzhal jail officials have so far taken delivery of nine tons…We will bring the rest of it in a phased manner,”
First of all banned notes are shredded to turn these into paper pulp. Pulp is then solidified by pouring it into a die-mould and finally demonetized notes are made hard pads, all through a manual process.
Six other jails in Tamil Nadu including Vellore, Salem, and Madurai make such stationeries, however, Puzhal is the only jail to make stationery out of demonetized notes.