Hyderabad muncipal body to construct night shelters in 7 city hospitals

 The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will construct night shelters in seven major hospitals of the city, a senior official said.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014, 14:37 PM IST

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will construct night shelters in seven major hospitals of the city, a senior official said.

Speaking at a one-day colloquium on 'Unorganised Labour and Social Protection - a Programme for Inclusive Cities', GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar said that night shelters, with a capacity to accommodate 300 to 500 persons each, will be built at seven hospitals for the people who come as patients and their attendants and have to sleep outside on roads or pavements due to lack of proper accommodation.

The meeting was held as a pre-event to 'Metropolis 2014- Cities for All'.

He said that as per a survey undertaken by the GHMC over 7,000 people sleep on pavements and majority are those who come for medical treatment or as attendants to patients.
Kumar said that they have also proposed to construct a facilitation centre to register for daily wage labourers.

The facilitation centre will also have amenities like drinking water, toilet and medical facilities, he added.

Telangana Minister for Home and Labour Nayani Narasimha Reddy in his address said that the government is committed to support the unorganised labourers with various facilities and will endorse various proposals of the GHMC.

Commissioner of Labour Department D Ashok in the meeting said that the Government of Telangana has taken up reconstitution of social security board and it plans to start a unique scheme for unorganised labourers next month.

Over 10,000 hawkers?will be registered, similarly eight lakh construction workers in Telangana will be considered for providing benefits like accident fund, natural death fund, relief, skill development etc, he said.