The Making of...
10 imagesThere have been precedents of prisons preparing and selling food to the outside world but Kerala has a new item to the takeaway menu—biryani. Called Freedom Biryani, it was pioneered by the Viyyur central jail in Thrissur. Recently, the central jail in Thiruvananthapuram also started selling them. They are already bestsellers in town. Alexander Jacob, the ADGP of Jail Administration, says, “In 2011, there had been a debate in Kerala Assembly on the escalating prices of food items in hotels. It led to the idea of making cooked food in jails using the labour force of prisoners. On an experimental basis we started the production of chappati in Viyyur central prison. It became a grand success with 35000 chappatis a day being sold from there.” Making and distribution of biryani started last year. Despite the success of the other items, the jail authorities were reluctant to add biryani because of the logistics. “There are 36 items being used in it. We have to account for every one of them. That was the reason officers in other jails were reluctant. But we were ready to take up the challenge,” says M K Vinod, superintendent of Viyyur jail. About 500 packets of biryani are being sold through the food counter of Viyyur jail every day. One packet of biryani is sold at a price of Rs 60. Chappati, chicken curry, egg curry and vegetable curry are other dishes offered to the public by prisoners. Altogether the prison department of Kerala makes a profit of Rs 13 crore selling cooked food. A prisoner who does jobs related to cooking and food processing gets Rs 112 a day.
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