Indian cons to get data crunching jobs

Indian jailbirds will soon be the latest addition to the country's massive outsourcing industry.

A new unit is to be opened in the Charlapally Central Jail, near Hyderabad, where up to 2,000 inmates will be put to work around the clock, processing and inputting data for private companies.

"The idea is to ensure a good future for the educated convicts after they come out of jail," CN Gopinath Reddy, director general of prisons in Andhra Pradesh, spun to the BBC.

Radiant Information Systems, the company behind the new initiative, said it had chosen the jail because nearly 40 per cent of its inmates were educated.

The jail, which is home to 13,000 criminals, will pay the 2,000 convicts considered to be bright enough to do the work 100 rupees a day which is considerably better than the 13 rupees a day their less fortunate colleagues get for manual work.

The unit will crunch data for banks and other big businesses, and could lead to prisoners getting better jobs on the outside.