Sada jail inmates to serve snacks to ministers

PTI, PANAJI | 22 March 2012 23:39 IST

Government employees and ministers in Goa could soon be able to relish the snacks prepared by the inmates of the state's one of the most populated jails, if the ambitious rehabilitation initiative gets approved.

The state government has conceptualised to impart training in making bakery products to the inmates of Sada sub-jail in Vasco, a penitentiary for undertrials and convicts serving less than 3 years of imprisonment, IG (Prisons) Mihir Vardhan said.

The inmates have already learnt preparing bread and biscuits in the bakery unit set up there, he said.

"We have moved a proposal that the products manufactured here can be supplied to state government servants as snacks during evening time," Vardhan said, adding that even government offices, including secretariat or ministers and the offices can be supplied with these products.

The bakery training programme is a part of rehabilitation scheme implemented by the jail authorities.

With 350 inmates, Sada sub-jail houses notorious criminals, including Mahanand Naik, a serial killer who put to death 18 women in 15 years and Russian druglord Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, who is being tried in connection with the policemen-drug-peddler nexus.

The jail authorities have already installed a bakery facility at the cost of Rs 5 lakh in the premises of the sub-jail.

Vardhan said the products manufactured at the prison would be branded as "SS" products.

"SS stands for Sada Sub Jail," he said, adding that the inmates currently produce bread and biscuits which are consumed among themselves.

The authorities have so far trained 35 inmates and are also exploring the possibility of setting up a laundry unit at Sada and Aguada prisons.

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