Thirty prisoners who have shown good conduct in the jail have been selected to work at the petrol bunk in three shifts. The bunk will be open to public from 5 am to 12 midnight. As of now, only 24 prisoners will be working at the Indian Oil station and another six would be incorporated later. Prison authorities, however, will carry out surveillance to ensure the convicts do not escape.
Home secretary Prabhakar Thomas, who inaugurated the petrol bunk, said the government was taking up several measures for the welfare of prisoners. IG prisons, B Sunil Kumar, said petrol bunks were already being run by convicts at Warangal, Rajahmundry and Kadapa. There are plans to open two more petrol bunks at Cherlapally jail and Anantapur Prisoners Agricultural Colony (PAC), he said.