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Thursday, 22 October 2020

State-run child care institute at Madhuban housed in ‘congested’ building

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, October 21

As many as 27 orphans, in the state government-run child care institute (CCI) Haryana Rajya Bal Bhawan in Madhuban, are living in a ‘congested’ makeshift building near National Highway 44, which lacks a boundary wall.

In the absence of a boundary wall, the children wander near the NH, which poses a serious threat to their lives. A couple of them had also tried to escape, but were caught by the staff, said the sources.

In March, The Tribune had highlighted the issue that the state-run CCI’s building was in dilapidated state, after which the district authorities had ordered to shift the children to another building, and the government had also approved the renovation of the old building, which was declared ‘unsafe’ by the condemnation board. The children were shifted to the makeshift building by the authorities.

According to sources, the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) had directed the officials concerned to shift the children to a ventilated building with immediate effect.

One of the children, on the condition of anonymity, said the new building was congested and lacked a boundary wall.

Amit Kamboj, Manager, CCI, Madhuban, said, “We have sent a proposal for the boundary wall to the higher authorities, which we expect will be approved soon.”

Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav said, “The issue came to my notice and I have assigned the duty to the Zila Parishad CEO to look for another suitable building for the children.”

from The Tribune

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