Prisons Deputy Inspector General Malik Mubashar Khan paid a surprise visit to Camp Jail early on Sunday to check the Sehr arrangements at the prison.
He visited the kitchen and checked the quality of food and its timely distribution. He also inspected security arrangements at the prison.
Jail Superintendent Ejaz Asghar told the DIG that as many as 2,968 out of 3,006 inmates were fasting. He said the rest were either too ill or too old. The DIG approved of the quality of food and the security around the prison.
He said a DSP and three ASPs are on duty at every prison at Sehr and Iftar throughout Ramazan. An ASP will be on duty in the kitchen while the food is prepared. Two ASPs and paramedics will remain on duty to ensure timely distribution of food to all inmates in their barracks.
Khan said that all SPs have been instructed to ensure the provision of hygienic food - 3,000 calories per prisoner. He said that they would be held responsible if any irregularities were detected.
He said that all jail doctors have been told to check the quality of ingredients before cooking. Superintendents have also been told to facilitate prisoners offering prayers and taraveeh in their barracks.
Khan said that canteen contractors had been told to follow the official price list or lose their contracts.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2013.