| Work is on progress at the bakery plant of Beur Central Jail in Patna. Telegraph picture |
Patna, Jan. 12: The government and Bihar Milk Co-operative Federation Ltd (Comfed) today decided to market bread made by inmates of Beur Central Jail in the city through Sudha Dairy outlets.
The bread, branded as Bandini, would be available in the city in a couple of weeks, according to a memorandum of understanding signed between the prisons department and Comfed.
The deal was signed by industries (jail) director BCP Singh and Comfed general manager A.K. Kulkarni. Inspector-general (prisons) Anand Kishor and Comfed managing director Harjot Kaur were present on the occasion.
Kishor said the bakery has a capacity to produce 5,000 packets of bread a day. At present, around 400 packets are made in the jail daily. He said: “Initially the bakery would produce bread, sandwich and pav. There are plans to make pastries, pizzas, cookies and cakes,” Kishor added: “All products made by the prisoners would be available at Sudha Dairy outlets.”
Kishor said the prisoners engaged in manufacturing of bread would be paid for their work.
The money earned by the bakery would be spent on the prisoners’ welfare. The profit would be deposited in a Prisoners’ Welfare Fund managed by a committee comprising the jail superintendent, deputy superintendent, the assistant superintendent, a doctor and two inmates.