The Maharashtra Prison Department has directed jail officials across the state to consider the dietary requests of prisoners of not including garlic and onion in food or using fewer spices considering their health and dietary preferences due to their faith.
Prison officials have been asked to consider these requests taking into account the resource constraints and security limitations.
Prison department officials said during the recent visit of Amitabh Gupta, Prison Department Head, to Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai, some inmates had requested that they should be given food without onion and garlic.
A prison department official said during a meeting chaired by Additional Director General (ADG) of Police Gupta on security and administrative aspects of the state’s prisons held on October 10, the issue of dietary requests was discussed at length among other subjects.
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Based on the deliberations in the meeting, directives were issued to prison officials across the state to consider these requests while preparing the food for inmates.
“The officials have been directed to allow these requests and prepare separate daal, vegetable items and curries without onion, garlic and using fewer spices if it is possible within the constraints of the resources, security concerns and administrative issues. The prison heads have been asked to take considerate views towards such dietary requests.” an official said.
The meeting was attended by Special Inspector General of Police Jalinder Supekar, Deputy Inspectors General Swati Sathe, Yogesh Desai, and U T Pawar along with the superintendents of all the nine central prisons in the state.