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.

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.


Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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