Inmates of jails across Madhya Pradesh will soon be marking their presence in the mainstream society with delectable foods and aesthetic artifacts made by them. On Monday, the jail administration opened restaurant “Apni Rasoi” and handicraft emporium “Kanha Emporium” in the Central Jail in Bhopal.
The emporium would exhibit and sell artefacts made by inmates of different jails in the state, while the restaurant would serve foods prepared by both jailed and freed inmates.
“The emporium will sell items like paintings, carpets, furniture, dolls, wooden crafts and many more to the public. The restaurant will offer items like pickles, sweets and snack items,” said Sushobhan Banerjee, additional director general (jail).
He told HT that the idea behind the initiative was to showcase skills of the inmates before the public.
“We want to show the other facet of the inmates through the handicraft and food items made by them. They might be serving term in the jail for various crimes but they possess useful and productive skills, too. The idea behind the concept was not to earn profit but to change the perception among the public regarding jail and its inmates,” said Banerjee.
LKS Bhadauria, deputy jail superintendent of the Central Jail, said: “Inmates would be working in the restaurant along with freed inmates. At 7 pm, the inmates would be sent back to the jail.”
“Many unheard delicacies like ‘aloe-vera ka halwa’ and ‘medicated roti with organic atta’ would be served in Apni Rasoi,” said Bhadauria.
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The New Central Jail Bhopal received ISO certificate 9001-2015 on Monday.
The certification was awarded for administrative control and functional management to keep jail inmates as per provisions of law.
Besides, the certificate was given for providing hygienic environment, good quality food, medical facility, environment for spiritual and physiological development, skill development and vocational training.