Hyderabad: The government was planning to install swiping machines (PoS), apart from e-wallets such as Paytm, for cashless transactions at the six petrol bunks being maintained by the Department of Prisons. These petrol bunks are situated at Hyderabad, Warangal, Cherlapalli, Uppal, Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar and all of them are being run by prisoners.
Home Minister Naini Narsimha Reddy informed the Council on Friday that the prisoners engaged in the petrol bunk operations were selected by a committee based on their conduct.
Round-the-clock security arrangements through CCTVs were made at the petrol bunks. Deputy jailor, head warder and warders look after the security operations at the retail outlets, Reddy said.
He said terrorists and those involved in heinous crimes were not engaged in this operation. Stating that he had himself spent time in jail during the Emergency, the Home Minister said things have changed a lot in prisons now. A delegation from Tihar jail, which visited Cherlapalli Prison, appreciated the facilities. Jail inmates in the State, the Home Minister said, were being imparted literacy and by the time they walked out free, they picked up a little bit of reading and writing.
The Civil Supplies Department has also been maintaining three petrol bunks – all in Hyderabad. One HPCL bunk is at Secretariat, another at LB Nagar and the one run by IOCL is located at Hafeezpet. “There is no proposal to set up new petrol bunks in the State,” said Civil Supplies Minister Etela Rajender. However, on the insistence of TRS member, Naradasu Laxman Rao, he agreed to consider opening new petrol bunks.