Breaking stereotypes, Metro Cash and Curry reaches Kolkata prison

German retail giant Metro Cash and Carry has announced the launch of its second store in Kolkata. But what's unlike its other stores this store will be housed in a 12X30 ft room inside Presidency Jail which will serve prisoners.
Metro Cash and Carry

German retail giant Metro Cash and Carry has announced the launch of its second store in Kolkata. But what’s unlike its other stores this store will be housed in a 12X30 ft room inside Presidency Jail which will serve prisoners. The store will open on October 12 without its logo and name and will provide supplies in small quantities to the 1950-odd prisoners and train some of them in retail management.
We intend to train six persons who will man the store. We may then scale it up. We have provided a Rs 5-lakh loan from the Prisoners Welfare Fund for its maintenance. These are part of prison reforms," ADG-prisons Adhir Sharma said.
Dancer and social worker Alokananda Roy, who has been taking care of several reform measures for prisoners, said, "This is a huge move. Traditionally, big companies do a lot of work under their corporate social responsibility schemes, but prisons were never part of it. I am lucky that Metro Cash and Carry was so responsive to my proposal. They have broken several stereotypes."
A six- month training certificate will also be given to the inmates from the MNC
When Roy floated the idea, she found an eager and responsive listener in Sagarika Ghosal, the company's CSR head. Roy's firm Touch World, which partners the prison directorate in several reform measures, had taken up what was a fledgling idea to train prisoners first. The German MNC agreed, but with a rider they will not use their logo or name.

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