Thrissur: Soon, you can visit jails not only to buy chappati and chicken, but also tank up your vehicle with petrol and diesel.
The procedures for starting petrol-diesel pumps alongside jails are in the final stages, industries minister A C Moideen informed while inaugurating the jail welfare day function at Viyyur jail.
The pumps will operate from Viyyur, Kannur, and Poojappura central jails and the open jails in Cheemeni and Nettukalssery in the initial phase.
Inmates are also likely to be allowed to start their small-scale units. At present, restaurants, handicraft units and vegetable cultivation are being done in the jails.
The manager of industrial centre has been asked to study if more employment initiatives can be introduced. The minister added that in collaboration with the sports council, programmes will be introduced to train inmates who are interested in sports.
Open for public
The public was given an opportunity to see the life inside jails. Along with the minister, actor Spadikam George and others visited the jail. The food making unit, the weaving center that makes clothes for inmates, and the handicraft unit were open for visitors. Some of the visitors said that the cultivation of fruits and vegetables has totally changed the atmosphere inside the jail.