Hyderabad: Mahabubnagar jail inmates have started ‘My Nation Canteen’ that sells four idlis for five rupees. It was started under the guidance of District Jail Superintendent Santosh Rai. District Collector D Ronald Rose and Deputy Inspector General of Prisons MR Bhaskar inaugurated the canteen.
4 Hot Hot Idlis For Just Rs.5/-
@ My Nation Canteen, Run By Inmates of Mahabubnagar District Jail.
— Mahabubnagar (@Mahabubnagar_TS) October 22, 2019
The cafeteria, which opens at 6 am, sells around 1,500 plates of idlis by 11 am, say officials. The eatery also tries to avoid the use of plastic, by asking customers to bring tiffin boxes for parcels. The idlis are served in steel plates. Hygiene is also maintained by jail inmates, as they are seen wearing headscarves and gloves while serving.
Officials say the canteen is a non-profit organisation, mainly started to feed the poor and labourers residing nearby. Imtiaz Gadwali, a resident of Mahabubnagar, says, “The idli and chutney they provided are very good in quality as well as delicious.”
Apart from the idlis, jail inmates are also selling chai. They also have set-up a small outlet to sell products such as washing powder, bathing soap, dish wash liquid, and other household cleaning products.