Decoding Suraksha Stores: The government's retail initiative to fight Coronavirus

Progressive Grocer|April 2020

Decoding Suraksha Stores: The government's retail initiative to fight Coronavirus
Like many other different sectors of our economy, the food retail supply chain has also been impacted by the current lockdown though the food sector happens to be one of the few industries to remain relatively unscathed by the on-going lockdown.
Charu Lamba

The government plans to set up a chain of 20 lakh retail shops called ‘Suraksha Stores’ across India which will provide daily essentials to citizens while maintaining stringent safety norms.

The Suraksha Stores’ initiative will convert neighbourhood kirana stores into sanitised retail outlets selling daily essentials while adhering to safety norms such as social distancing and sanitisation to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to Suraksha Stores’ website, “Suraksha Store is a public-private initiative to ensure that we can create a safe and secure environment for our consumers and shop owners at our kirana stores. A Suraksha Store is a store (kirana, pharmacy, consumer touchpoint) that follows 100 percent Suraksha safety norms. These stores shall be educated, certified and validated to follow all common minimum health standards as well as safety checklists. Some companies have adopted states.”

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