Savita had always nurtured a dream to be an excellent cook and chances are she may achieve it soon. Savita, a cheating convict lodged in Tihar jail, will get the opportunity to prove her mettle soon.
She has been selected by the Tihar authorities, along with 24 other female co-inmates, to kick-start its new project — supplying healthy vegetarian lunch packed in insulated tiffin carriers at a reasonable rate to patrons outside the jail-walls, including corporate offices.
A lunch will be priced around Rs. 90, said a jail source.
As part of the project, which the Tihar Jail will run in partnership with a non-governmental organisation Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJSS), the team of 25 will get a three-week training from experts in cooking, hygiene maintenance and personality development, said the jail’s spokesperson Sunil Gupta.
Gupta said, "Our project to provide packed lunch to patrons outside the jail is an attempt to impart vocational skills to female inmates to help their rehabilitation after release. The trained cooks will get wages as per jail rules."
"The lunch will comprise grains, cereals and herbs to tackle hypertension and heart ailments," said DJJS spokesperson Swami Vishalanand.
The officials are currently holding talks with four corporate firms who have evinced keen interest in ordering the lunch boxes from Tihar jail, said the source.
The packed tiffin carriers will be taken outside the jail around 11.30am daily to the patrons by DJSS's network of volunteers.
Once trained, the team of 25 cooks will prepare the lunch in a kitchen of sub-jail six, from 7am to 10 am daily.
"The kitchen, which is currently used to prepare packed tiffins for inmates attending court hearings, has a capacity to feed up to 2,000 persons, said the source.
(The name of the female convict has been changed to protect her privacy).