The selection process was after an individual interview conducted by the recruiting companies in side the jail.
According to the jail authorities the 30 inmates are being released in next six months. "All the 30 inmates with good character, who would be released in the next six months, were selected by 15 companies after they fulfilled certain criteria laid down by these companies," said Tihar Jail spokesperson Sunil Gupta.
Apart from notoriety, Tihar has been making international waves, recently. It acquired a brand status with its herbal gulal, made by inmates. The gulal is exported to the US and the UK.
The herbal colours were prepared by 88 jail inmates. The team of 50 men and 38 women made 18 tonnes of fresh rose (red), lal chandan (yellow), lemongrass (green), kesar haldi (orange), lily of the valley (pink) and pudina (sky blue) varieties.
The jail also got an invitation to display their eco-friendly colours and other products made by jail inmates-in the world's largest beauty and cosmetics fair in Dubai this year. The invitation has come through India Trade Promotion Organization. About 50 countries will be taking part in the fair.
The colours contain no heavy metals. The convicts in Jail No. 5 are employed in this initiative which involves kneading cornflour with edible-grade coloured water. The mixture is sun-dried later. No machines are used to mix or dry them. The job belongs to male convicts while women undertrials and convicts are in charge of their packaging.