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Delhi Government to upgrade facilities at night shelters
Homeless people taking refuge at the Capital's night shelters will soon get medical examination and treatment facilities along with the provision of other basic amenities. A process is in place for identifying new areas to set up more shelters.

After visiting various night shelters, Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia said he has directed the departments concerned to provide adequate medical facilities to the occupants, apart from basic amenities such as toilets, blankets, clean drinking water and sanitary conditions.

The Delhi government has already released Rs 2 crore to improve the infrastructure at the city’s permanent night shelters. Walia also said the government will do its best to provide shelter to all homeless people in the city in the cold conditions.

“There will be no shortage of night shelters in the city,” he said. He added that 86 temporary night shelters have been functioning in the city this season, against 24 last year. Reputed NGOs have been deployed to operate them. Sixty-four permanent night shelters are being operated by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), which functions under the government. These shelters were earlier run by the Slum and JJ department of the MCD.

Walia said the DUSIB was in process of identifying more places to set up such shelters. The Minister also instructed government officials to deploy mobile health check-up vans at each night shelter at least twice a week. He added that he was coordinating with the Health department and NGOs to make arrangements to undertake chest X-rays of all homeless people putting up at the night shelters at present.

An amount of Rs 70 lakh has already been released by the DUSIB to provide bedding to homeless people at the temporary night shelters.

 

Source: The Indian Express