Prisons Department Spokesman Chanadana Ekanayake denied former MP Ranjan Ramanayake’s claim that politically motivated prison officials in Angunakolapelessa Prison treated him inhumanely.
Ekanayake said no prisoner is treated differently and no politically motivated officers can harm any prisoners, adding that no actions or investigations will be taken against any officials attached to Angunakolapelessa Prison.
Addressing the Media, he flatly denied Ramanayake’s claim that the food served in prisons is subpar.
Ekanayake emphasised that food should never be cooked with worm infested fish, sweat and phlegm, and that thousands of prisoners come and go from prisons every year, with no issues so far.
He said if such a problem arises, inmates should notify the prison superintendent, chief jailer, or authorities.
“During his one and a half year in prison, Ramanayake did not complain to prison officials about the condition of the food.
I have been working in the Prisons Department for 37 years. I have never seen or heard of a cat falling into a lentil or broth on a single day of my service,” he said.
The spokesperson assured that the hygiene of those who prepare food in prisons is good.
Ekanayaka also issued a press release in this regard, stating that the selection of food suppliers to prisons under the Department is done through procurement process. The Prisons Department comes into a contract for the daily supply of food in accordance with the standards required.
As a result, the officers will inspect the food provided by the relevant suppliers to make sure it meets the prescribed standards and quantities before they are brought into prison.
In addition, PHIs and doctors assigned to prisons will conduct inspections as needed, and if substandard food items are identified, they will reject them without bringing them into the prisons, according to Ekanayake.
He emphasises that after the food provided by the suppliers has been inspected at the prison gate and delivered to the kitchen, inmates do all the work under supervision, from cleaning to cooking and distributing it to fellow inmates.
Furthermore, Ekanayake said in the relevant announcement that the chief jailer and the superintendent of the prison must inspect the food prepared for the inmates before it is issued, and would stop serving the meal if any irregularity is found.
By Thameenah Razeek