Prisoners to get 2800 to 3000 calories in diet daily
Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has approved the menu for prisoners to ensure provision of 2800 to 3000 calories in diet daily. Inspector General of Prisons Punjab Mian Farooq Nazeer in an exclusive interview with APP here Sunday that the quantity of calories is required to keep a person physically fit.He said that on the directive of Chief Minister Punjab,Food Science Technology Department of Faisalabad Agriculture University prepared a comprehensive report in which it was recommended that 2800 to 3000 calories are required daily in diet.
He said the Chief Minister approved the recommendation as it is and revised the daily diet charges per inmate from Rs 50 to 70 to meet the expenses to be incurred on improvement of menu.He said that a total of 49,729 prisoners are housed in 32 jails across the province against sanctioned strength of 21527.
The IG said the notification regarding the revised menu has been issued and all superintendents of jail throughout the province have started implementation. He said that all range DIGs and DIGs inspection and headquarters have been directed to conduct a series of surprise visits to check the contents of food and its quality in line with the revised menu.
About the quality of food, he claimed that best hygienic food is being served to them with better quality of bread which he claimed is hundred percent better than open market. He said even a major chunk of poor strata of society did not have access to quality food.
He said now healthy cows and chickens are slaughtered within central jails premises having more than 1000 population under the supervision of jail doctor and assistant superintendent jail.
Mian Farooq Nazeer said, "Who soever wants to visit the site of prisons slaughter house, jail kitchen and store, they are always welcome". He said that Punjab is the first province in the country where food with stock of calories is being served.
When contacted, Senior Superintendent of Prisons Central Jail,Kotlakhpat,Lahore Mohsin Rafiq Ch and Superintendent Camp Jail,Lahore Ejaz Asghar told APP, "Now quality food is being served to all inmates strictly in accordance with the revised menu".
DIG,Lahore Range,Malik Mubasher Khan said that Additional Superintendent Jail,Ishtiaq Ahmad Gill and Deputy Superintendent Jail,Abdul Razzaq Niazi have been assigned the task of personally supervising the quality of food at Kotlakhpat and Camp Jails.