Bangalore/Mysore: Karnataka government has
initiated a slew of measures to improve living conditions of
those lodged in Beggars Relief Centre after a spate of deaths
during last month, a state minister said today.
Complaints of poor quality of food served to inmates had
prompted the government to procure food supplies from ISKCON
on an experimental basis, Social Welfare minister Govind
Karjol told reporters after visiting the centre here.
He said required doctors and para medical staff have been
posted at the centre, besides five doctors on night duty to
render medical assistance.
The government has released Rs 5.90 lakh for purchase of
drugs, Rs 32 lakh for undertaking repair of dormitories and
Rs 9.91 lakh for sinking five new borewells for water supply.
Ninety mentally challenged were being treated by doctors
from NIMHANS, he said.
Around 200 inmates who were found to be in good health
have been released from the centre, the minister said.
The centre had witnessed more than 20 deaths since August
21, bringing to fore appalling conditions and ill-treatment of
the inmates there.
Close on the heels of two deaths at the Beggars Relief
Centre in Mysore, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs S
Suresh Kumar visited there today.
The deaths were due to old age, he said, adding about 19
healthy persons were discharged today.