Now spicy menu for jail inmates

Chicken fried rice and egg biryani which were never heard of in jails in the past have now made their way into these portals. The inmates of jails across Telangana will not only access these recipes at `wet canteens’ that are coming up within the confines but are treated to a variety of items even in breakfast nowadays.

Breakfast spread

The routine 100 gms of khichdi rice which was the only item at breakfast everyday for decades has gone and now the prisoners relish chapatti, tomato bath, upma, puri, pulihora and pongal by rotation during the week. They also get boiled eggs and banana. But, senior jail officials, said the menu is served within the sanctioned budget of 600 gms of rice, 100 gms of dal, 250 gms of vegetables and 30 gms of oil per head per day.

To adjust the cost, the jail authorities have restricted the free supply of 175 gms of mutton to one Sunday against two in the past. They are getting 175 gms of chicken for three Sundays. More ingredients like coriander, curry leaves, garlic and chatni were also added to the items in breakfast to make the food tasty.


For lunch and dinner, the prisoners can order chicken fried rice, egg biryani, bajji, pakodi and other items on payment a day before. The same is served in packets of 600 gms for under trial prisoners and 700 gms for convicts the next day. While the under trial prisoners are issued coupons to an upper limit of Rs 3,000 per month, the limit for convicts is only Rs 1,500 a month because the money had to be spent out of the wages earned by them in works assigned while serving sentence.

The convicts have to necessarily send 50 per cent of wages to their dependents. In the case of under trial prisoners, the limit is higher as they will be spending from their personal cash that they brought at the time of admission or when their relatives gave them during ‘mulaqat’.

‘Small gesture’

The Deputy Inspector General of prisons A. Narasimha said the changes in menu were brought about as part of jail reforms in a bid to remove the vengeance among the inmates on having landed behind the bars.

He said it was a small gesture to make them at home as their freedom and liberty was already curtailed. The facility was already provided in Tihar jail.

For lunch and dinner, the prisoners can order chicken fried rice, egg biryani, bajji, pakodi and other items on payment a day before

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