An Outlet That Sells ‘Jail Ka Khana’ In Kanpur
KANPUR, (IANS) – The Kanpur district jail has launched a unique prisoner reform initiative under which a food outlet will be run by its current and former inmates.
Jail superintendent B.N. Pandey said that the outlet has become functional from December 11.
While food will be prepared by the prisoners in the jail kitchen, former inmates will not only man the outlet but also act as home delivery executives as the jail aspires to take the initiative online.
On its first day, the outlet managed a sale of an impressive Rs 5,500 — most of it coming from people visiting their kin lodged in the jail.
Tea, sold for Rs 10 per cup, and espresso, sold for Rs 20 per cup, made for the bulk of the revenue.
The idea was mooted by District Magistrate Vishak G. Iyer who was impressed by the culinary skills of inmates as they churned a variety of food items for the erstwhile jail canteen.
“We believe that the initiative will change the mindset of people behind bars. Also, it will send a message that the government is interested in their rehabilitation,” said Iyer, who provided government funds for the project.
It was decided that 10 current and 10 former inmates be engaged in the initiative.
The inmates have decided to serve only vegetarian food with a high sale value.
The project’s nodal officer, Anil Kumar, said the rates had been reasonable.
“A thali (meal) of four rotis, two curries, dal, rice, and salad are sold for Rs 70,” said Kumar, adding samosa, noodles, rajma-rice, kadhi-rice, chole-rice, and puri-sabzi would also be sold.
“Chefs from reputed institutes and hotels will train inmates to better their skills and add new items to the menu,” he said.
A bank account has been opened in the name of the society, and earnings from the outlet will be credited to this account.