Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Prisoners Get Insurance on International Women's Day

One of the first of its kind. I was at the Raiganj Prison (Correctional Home) with the female prisoners to celebrate the International Women's Day. It was 9 March 2007. I was back from Calcutta, just that morning. We had taken a group of children to put up some cultural programs exclusively for women. We had some sweets and cakes specially packed for them. But, while speaking to them, something sparked through my head. Why not make these women and men feel that they have a worth. I announced the Insurance program covering all the prisoners in Raiganj prison, and for all female prisoners at Malda and Balurghat. The Jail Superintendent was very happy and appreciative of the "first of its kind" initiative. The program covers about 250 persons. SWI shall pay the premium of Rupees One Hundred in the name of each of these prisoners. The amount will come from the support money given by the family of Ms. J. Kuester. All the prisoners at Raiganj Prison were covered under the scheme on 11 Mar 2007, Sunday for a period of one year. Thank you everyone! Your generous heart can always bring smile to a face in Raiganj!

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