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Govt changes century-old breakfast menu for prisoners

  • Published at 06:55 pm June 16th, 2019
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal introduces the new menu at Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Focus Bangla

New menu includes khichuri, bread with halwa, and vegetables

After 231 years, jail authorities have changed the breakfast menu for inmates aiming to improve their health and nutritional intakes.

Under the new menu, prisoners will be provided with khichuri, halwa with bread, and vegetables for breakfast.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal introduced the new menu at Keraniganj Central Jail during an event on Sunday morning.

Since the formation of a criminal ward, which later became the Dhaka Central Jail, at Nazimuddin Road in 1788, prisoners were entitled to flour bread and a small piece of jaggery for breakfast. This was followed by all jails across Bangladesh.  

A prisoner was entitled for 116.6gm of flour bread and 14.58gm of jaggery, while it was 87.68gm of flour bread and same amount of jaggery for detainees under trial, which was insufficient for them.

From now on, inmates will receive bread and vegetables for four days, khichuri for two days and halwa and bread on the other days of the week.

Terming jails as correction centres, the minister said: “Prisoners will receive mobile phone facilities to keep in touch with their near and dear ones under a government project ‘Prison Link’ which has already been introduced as a pilot project in Tangail Jail.”

The service will be gradually introduced in all other jails, he added.

Based on demands, there are also training facilities on 38 trades in the jails so that prisoners do not get involved in crime again, he added.

Currently, there are 13 central jails and 55 district jails in Bangladesh.