Directions issued to provide basic amenities to the inmates of State Home for Destitute Women

Himachal Pradesh High
Court- Taking cognizance of the letter wherein the plight of inmates of
State Home for Destitute Women at Mashobra, Distt. Shimla, has been
highlighted, the bench of Rajiv Sharma and Tarlok Singh Chauhan, JJ expressing
concern stated that the prevailing conditions in
the Ashram are not habitable and it is the duty of the State to provide all
the basic amenities to the inmates taking into consideration the difficulties
faced by them.

The letter so addressed also highlighted
the fact that the inmates are not provided with disability pension or old age
pension. One of the inmates is a non-Himachali, who is not considered for old
age pension. The Court further observed that all
the inmates of the Ashram belong to one group and they cannot be segregated only
on the basis of their domicile or citizenship and the action of the respondents
of denying the old-age pension and disability pension to the non-bonafide inmates of the
Ashram is unreasonable and arbitrary.

The Court issued directions to the
respondents some of which are, to issue disability certificate and old-age
pension to the required inmates. Sweeper to be
appointed between 5:00 p.m. to 10:00
p.m. on regular basis and a staff nurse must also be appointed to
look after the inmates. State should provide vocational training to the
inmates. The District Welfare Officer should supervise every month and ensure
that all the basic facilities and amenities are provided to the inmates. [Court on its own motion v. State of Himachal
Pradesh, 2015 SCC OnLine HP 1263, decided on 04.06.2015]

Source: Legal news India

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