Kerala prisoners to carve affordable eco-friendly wooden and stuffed toys

After their chapatis and chicken delicacies became a huge hit, prisoners of the Central jail will soon be foraying into a new arena to test their skills in making eco-friendly and stuffed toys. The novel initiative is being launched at Poojapura central jail. Toys available in the market are made of plastic and very expensive, which are beyond the reach of children of the lower income group, Poojapura central prison Superintendent S Santosh said. There was also a huge demand for affordable eco-friendly toys made of wood and cloth, he said. A workshop was recently conducted with the Child Development Centre (CDC) of the Medical College and the Poojapura central jail, to familiarise prisoners with the idea.