- The news of a BSF jawan suffering due to lack of good food shocked the nation.
- Asianet Newsable enquired with Bengaluru's prison officers about the food in jails.
- Surprisingly, at least officially, they are served quite high quality food.
After the recent video by a BSF jawan about the poor quality of food being served to jawans in borders, many feel that jail food is better.
Speaking to Asianet Newsable, Chief Medical Officer, Central Prison Bengaluru, Kalse Gowda says that prison food is so well prepared that even the authorities and his staff eat it.
For breakfast in the morning, a good amount of proteins like sprouts are provided. The prisoners are given tandoor roti. On Tuesday, prisoners are provided eggs.
For those who are vegetarians, banana is given as an additional supplement.
During lunch hours, prisoners get eat Ragi balls along with different types of curries. Rice is also given.
For diabetic and TB patients, chapatis are served. On Fridays either chicken or mutton curry is served along with Ragi balls and rice. For vegetarians, sweets are given. Light meals are given during night times.
"Best quality food for prisoners is served. The food is so tasty and healthy, that all the jail staff prefer to eat the same food," said Dr Gowda.
This apart regular health checkup is done to prisoners.
RTI Activist Narasimha Murthy, who lauded the efforts of the prisons department in Karnataka said that it was an irony that our jawans, who protect us, get cheap food. The system, he added, which is supposed to provide quality food like the one is given in prisons, has shown a lack of sympathy towards army and military persons who guard our nation. The Union government should hang its head in shame as they fail to give such a quality food to army jawans, he declared.
"I am filing a PIL against the BSF for putting our jawans life at risk by giving such a cheap food. The officers and central leaders should go to prison and eat these food and serve the same to army jawans," he said.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:49 PM