Mandi News: Dehri and Balh Bhangrotu Old Age Home Financial Condition Deteriorated, Could Not Get Government Grant Since Last One Year

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Due to the negligence of the Himachal Government, the financial condition of the old age homes located in Sundernagar and Bhangrotu of Mandi district has become very pathetic. Operators are facing huge problems due to non-receipt of government grant in the last financial year.

Talking to journalists at the ashram, Dr. Padam Singh Guleria, head of Dehri Old Age Home and Dr. Dinesh Vashisht, head of Balh Valley Kalyan Sabha Old Age Home.

Talking to journalists at the ashram, Dr. Padam Singh Guleria, head of Dehri Old Age Home and Dr. Dinesh Vashisht, head of Balh Valley Kalyan Sabha Old Age Home.

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Reported & Written By Kumud Sharma, Diary Times, Sundernagar, March 17: Due to the negligence of the Himachal Government, the financial condition of the old age homes located in Sundernagar and Bhangrotu of Mandi district has become very pathetic. Operators are facing huge problems due to non-receipt of government grant in the last financial year. With the help of generous donors and the operators themselves, an amount of about Rs 21 lakh has been spent in a year on food, medicines for the elderly, salaries of employees and other resources.

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While talking to the journalists at the ashram, Dr. Padam Singh Guleria, head of Dehri Old Age Home and Dr. Dinesh Vashisht, head of Balh Valley Kalyan Sabha Old Age Home, said that the grant of about ten and a half lakh rupees received from the Himachal government will be given between March and September. But even after a year, this grant has not been received. Along with 80 percent of the grant amount, 20 percent of the amount is spent by the Ashram. He said that currently 23-23 elderly people live in both the ashrams. There are 9 employees in Dehri and 6 in Bhangrotu for taking care of the elderly. In Dehri, 6 employees have been hired by the government and three by the ashram themselves so that there is no delay or error in the service work of the elderly.

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The ashram’s cook and assistant are given Rs 4,000 each and other assistants are given Rs 3,200 as salary. This salary is given according to the rules made by the government in 2011. But now even the employees are unable to work at such low wages. There are some elders in the ashram who have to depend on one employee for every work. He has demanded from the state government to give pay scale on minimum wages to these employees and solve other problems of the ashram on priority basis. Ashram members Roshan Lal Sharma and Karm Singh Minhas were also present on this occasion.

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Kumud Sharma

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