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Contact Centers to be Outsourced to India Prisoners

February 11, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

You’ve heard of call centers being outsourced to India. Perhaps you’ve even heard of the practice of outsourcing contact centers to prisons. Next stop? Combining the two and outsourcing contact centers to India prisoners. Need to check the balance on your credit card? A man chained to his desk, serving a life sentence for murder, will be happy to help you, according to British newspaper The Guardian.

A new scheme at the Cherlapalli high-security prison facility near Hyderabad is in its early stages yet, according to the Guardian, with prisoners being trained in basic data entry skills. In many cases, it’s not necessary, as the prison houses a number of computer professionals.

“We have got so many computer literates and professionals in our prison,” Gopinath Reddy, director general of prisons in the state of Andhra Pradesh, told the Guardian. “So far they are not being fully recognized, but now their knowledge will be utilized for the nation and when they go out they can also lead a meaningful life.”

There are a number of problems to be solved before the facility can begin taking calls for customers, either companies in India or abroad: current regulations do not allow Internet or phone access to prisoners. But the prison appears confident that the plans will bear fruit: it has already hired Mohan Menon, a software specialist, to lay the groundwork, and he is confident that the plan will take off.

“Definitely we will get orders,” said Mr. Menon. He is starting at a basic level with his new pupils, writing on the board for them, “Skills of communication: KISS, Keep It Simple and Short.”

Hyderabad is one of India’s biggest centers of business process outsourcing, a £15 billion ($24.2 billion) industry in which many global firms subcontract key functions to local companies, notes the Guardian. Other prison facilities in India are closely watching the experiment to see if it will succeed and can be replicated elsewhere.

Origionally posted at: http://call-center-services.tmcnet.com/topics/call-center-services/articles/141261-contact-centers-be-outsourced-india-prisoners.htm

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  1. March 3, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    yeah nice

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