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Alappuzha: Kerala prisons department is planning to arrange a facility to provide food for undertrial prisoners from their own home.

The department expects that providing food only for those who cannot bring food from home can cut down the jail expenses. The government had asked the DGP (Prisons) to submit suggestions for reducing expenses.

The government spends a large amount of money for providing food for undertrial prisoners. More than 8000 prisoners are accommodated in the 52 jails in the state. About 4000 of them are undertrial prisoners.

The DGP for Prisons had held a discussion with the top officials of the prison regarding the issue. Reportedly, most of the Jail Superintendents disagreed with the new move. They are also concerned that allowing one group of prisoners to have food brought from outside may result in frequent scuffles in the jails.

The details of the discussions, headed by DIG for prisons B. Pradeep Kumar and Chief Welfare Officer K. A. Kumaran, has been handed over to the DGP for Prisons R. Sreelekha. She said the report is being examined and it will soon be submitted to the government.

Provisions like separate food, cot and fan are allowed for the A and B class prisoners in jail. However, they are not allowed to bring food from home. They are provided the food separately cooked in the jail. When former minister R. Balakrishna Pillai was in jail, the government had allowed him to have food brought from home.