Srinagar, May 10: Coming forward with a noble cause and extending a helping hand, the state of Jammu and Kashmir have done a commendable job. The Srinagar administration has established a composite shelter home for the destitute and those having to beg for alms for sustenance. This is a first of its kind initiative taken by the district for helping the people.
The main aim of building up these shelter homes is to facilitate the efforts of the district administration at preventing begging. This is because it has been seen a monumental increase causing a great deal of public nuisance. These homes have been established at two locations including one at Pantha Chowk and another at Brein Nishat where buildings have been identified and will be equipped with all basic facilities.
Line departments including Social Welfare, Health, SDA, SMC, ICPS, PHE, PDD, FCSCA and District Red Cross have been directed to ensure immediate and sustained provision of basic facilities at these homes. An inter-departmental committee headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar K K Sidha is overseeing arrangements and coordination with the departments.
The Deputy Commissioner said the district administration will bear the expenditure incurred on the operation of these shelter homes. Dr Shahid said a team of officials from different departments has been constituted for identification of the destitute and those begging for alms for sustenance and shifting them to the said composite shelter homes.
To manage and monitor the affairs of these homes a nodal officer for each one of the two has been designated including Tehsildar Pantha Chowk for the one at Panthachowk and Social Welfare Officer Srinagar (Tehsil South) for that at Brain Nishat.