Tihar Jail cookies, cakes in Mother Dairy outlets?

New Delhi: Encouraged by the response to its in-house products, Tihar Jail authorities are planning to start sale of their factory items at Mother Dairy and Reliance Fresh outlets, among others.

Products like bread, cookies, cakes, namkeen, biscuits, rusks, loaves, oil and wooden furniture are manufactured in huge quantity in the Tihar Jail factory. These high-quality products are available at affordable prices to the people at six different outlets in the city.

The retail trade of its products in its outlets has increased the annual turnover from Rs 6.5 crore in the year 2009 to Rs 10 crore in the year 2010.

"Our annual turnover last year has doubled. We have received a huge response for our factory items. We have just six outlets. We intend to reach a large section of people. That is why we are planning to make our products available at Mother Dairy and Reliance Fresh markets. We will also approach the MCD to purchase our woodwork for their schools," Sunil Gupta, law officer and spokesperson, Tihar Prisons said.

"We are also aiming at attaining the goal of Rs 15 crore annual turnover this year. The more the products sell, the more it increases the job opportunities for the inmates inside the prison premises and he or she also gets to earn well. It will also help towards the rehabilitation programme for the prisoners," he said.

He said that authorities were also planning to open outlets at all court complexes - Patiala House, Tis Hazari, Dwarka, Karkardooma and Rohini courts.