Centre Seeks Report from Delhi Government on 35 Deaths at Old Age Home

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Centre Seeks Report from Delhi Government on 35 Deaths at Old Age Home

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla said his ministry has sought a report on the matter from the Delhi government. (File Photo)


New Delhi:  The Centre said on Thursday that it has sought a report from the Delhi government over the deaths of 35 inmates in two months at a private old age home functioning in the national capital.

Replying to a related question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla said his ministry has sought a report on the matter from the Delhi government.

"According to the department of social welfare of the Delhi government, departmental officials visited a private shelter home run by Earth Saviour Foundation, NGO, Rangpuri Pahari on 16-6-2015 regarding death of 35 inmates in two months in the institution," the minister said.

After considering the inspection report, Delhi Government directed that an assessment committee be constituted under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), New Delhi and a report be submitted within a period of 15 days, he added.

The Social Welfare, Health and Family Welfare Minister of the Delhi government and senior revenue officers of revenue, health and social welfare departments visited the shelter home on July 11 and an on-the-spot decision was taken to shift all the residents to other safer places due to water-logging and lack of proper facilities at Rangpuri.

Listing out the steps taken by the Social Welfare Department of the Delhi government, Mr Sampla said, "the DC, New Delhi informed that the president of Earth Saviour Foundation is constructing a premises for these residents at Gurgaon in Haryana, which will be ready after four and half months approximately and these residents will be shifted there."

"Thereafter, the president of Earth Saviour Foundation has informed verbally that 48 residents have already been shifted from Masodpur community centre to its new place at Banwari village in Gurgaon, Haryana and the remaining 150 are likely to be shifted to this new complex soon," he added.
 


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