District jail inches closer to self-sufficiency

The district jail at Kandi would soon become self-sufficient and is expected to be financially surplus by 2020, said Jail Superintendent Santosh Kumar Rai, addressing a press meet here on Wednesday. The district jail authorities have been running a steel industry that recently received a whooping Rs. 3.45 crore order. It has already delivered goods worth Rs. 1.1 crore to customers and has earned a profit of about Rs. 18 lakh.

The jail is also set to open a petrol bunk run by prisoners. They would be offered a salary of Rs. 12,000. Another petrol bunk is being planned near the old jail, Mr. Rai said. The Ayurvedic Village run by the jail authorities is also serving as a source of revenue and has earned about Rs. 3.36 lakh so far.

Mr. Rai said they would also start a food court on the premises of RTO office located at Kandi soon.

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