East Delhi RWA to shelter the homeless in vacant flat

A residents’ welfare association in east Delhi has offered a vacant flat to the authorities for use as a night shelter.

Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday said others should follow the example set by the Vasundhara Enclave RWA to help the homeless.

He ordered the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) to open more night shelters since these facilities “give a sense of security” to homeless families.

At a review meeting on night shelters, Jung said, “Family shelters give a sense of security, which becomes all the more important when people feel particularly vulnerable.

The period till second week of February is critical for homeless people and all concerned must put their best efforts to serve them.”

According to a statement issued by Raj Niwas, 13 night shelters are being run exclusively for families, 20 for children, 19 for women and two for differently abled people.

It said that DUSIB officials with the help of police have been rescuing 200 homeless people daily on an average and shifting them to night shelters.

There is a total of 249 operational night shelters in the city with a total capacity of 18,805 people.

There are 91 permanent ones, 111 running in porta cabins, 37 in tents, nine running in Delhi Development Authority community centres and one running in a Delhi Metro station at Okhla.

E-office environment
The DUSIB completely switched over to an e-office environment and started an active WhatsApp group (8130135929) on night shelters, where people can share information.

DUSIB CEO Amar Nath said all files are created online under the paperless e-office system. Also, files can be created normally in a physical form, but stamped with a digital signature and moved to the next officer online itself.
DH News Service

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