Fatehgarh : There is a lot of discussion about the food of Fatehgarh Central Jail in the Farrukhabad district of UP. The quality of the food served to over 1,100 prisoners lodged in this jail is such that it has been rated “five-star” by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The certificate received from FSSAI reads, “District Jail Fatehgarh, Farrukhabad has been certified as an Eat Right Campus as per the guidelines established by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. ” The statement is followed by a 5-star rating and ‘Excellent’ written on the certificate, which is valid till August 18, 2024.
Elaborating on the achievements made by the jail on the occasion of 75 years of independence of the country, Akhilesh Kumar, Jailor of Fatehgarh Central Jail, told Press Trust of India, “We have to conduct a third-party audit. Later our jail got this certificate. They said that some of the jail staff were given online training regarding food.
He said the parameters on which they were judged before getting the certificate included cleanliness, quality of food, procurement of rice, wheat, and pulses from FSSAI-certified shops, and well-mannered food preparation staff. He said that vegetarian food is served in the jail. “Different types of food are served to the prisoners every day. Pulses include tur, masoor, chana, and urad are served alternately to the prisoners,” Kumar said.
He said, “Chana is served for two days in breakfast, bread is given for two days, and porridge has been kept in the plan for three days. Whereas in the meal, as far as Sunday is concerned, the first, third, and last day in the evening. Poori, sabzi, and halwa are served. On the second Sunday, curry-rice has been included in the menu.
At present, there are 1,144 prisoners lodged in the district jail. “The prisoners engaged in cooking wear aprons, as is seen in various restaurants. Efforts are made to ensure that those who cook, have their nails and hair cut,” the jailer said.
There has also been a paradigm shift in prison cooking with the introduction of roti machines, dough kneaders, and vegetable cutting machines replacing the traditional methods of cooking. Cooked food is checked every day. Kumar claimed that the prisoners were satisfied with the food that was being provided to them.
When asked if anything special is cooked on the occasion of Independence Day? Kumar said, “A special feast (big food) was organized, and the district magistrate served food to the first batch. The jail staff and the prisoners ate together.” Jail superintendent Bhimsen Mukund recalled the journey of the coveted certificate saying, “In March we got the FSSAI license, then in May we got the third-party audit and in August we got the certificate. The parameters on the basis of which we got the certificate should be made. will be kept.”
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