Finally, Shimla gets new 3.5 crore Old Age Home building for mentally unwell
Shimla- Umang Foundation, a public welfare trust working for the rights of disabled and weaker sections, has urged the chief minister Virbhadra Singh to start separate old age homes for mentally sick men and women and disabled persons as per the directions of the High Court.
Umang Foundation Chairman, said that after the order of High Court in his PIL, all the 28 inmates of Old Age Home at Basantpur have been awarded pension and their living conditions are good. Some of the inmates are severely disabled or mentally sick. He lauded the efforts and personal interest taken by the chief minister in the construction of a state of the art new building of Old Age Home in which the inmates are to be shifted tomorrow.
In the letter to chief minister,Umang Foundation Chairman said,
It is the result of your great sensitivity and personal interest taken in matter of the old age home that an excellent building is ready to house 28 persons who were abandoned by their own loved ones.The new building of the home with the cost of around 3.5 crore will be a model for the other states.
He said that in 2012, Umang Foundation had started to raise voice against gross violation of human rights and approached the High Court twice. The then Governor Urmila Singh had ordered a high level inquiry and the matter was also raised in the Vidhan Sabha. The government was forced to make the condition liveable for the inmates.
After the change of government in December, 2012, chief minister Virbhadra Singh too keen interest and the situation got changed.
Srivastava said at present there are 14 men and 14 women in the old age home being run by State Social Welfare Advisory Board. Most of the are severely mentally sick or physically disabled. He said that a separate home should immediately started for mentally sick inmates because they require special care and attention.
A separate home should also be established for the disabled as per the orders of the High Court. He also demanded strict implementation of the judgement of division bench of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Tarlok Singh Chauhan of High Court in his PIL.