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india Updated: Sep 22, 2006 00:11 IST

Demand for LPG not met

THIS IS another shocking tale of shabby management at a government-run home. Inmates of Rajkiya Mahila Ashram, Swaroop Nagar, do not have LPG cylinders to cook their food. Despite several reminders, they have not been provided with an LPG cylinder for the past one-week. As there is no alternative arrangement to cook their meal, the inmates are using wood from old furniture as fuel.

Unable to bear the situation, the inmates sat on a hunger strike demanding immediate supply of an LPG cylinder.

They said that on several occasion they had raised their demand with the officials of the Ashram, but nothing had been done.

They added that the officials had even threatened them as they had persisted with the demand for an LPG cylinder.

Visibly frightened, the inmates revealed the state-of-affairs at the Ashram. Often breaking down, the women, of different age groups, spoke of the poor living condition at the Ashram.

They said that the officials did not allow them to move outside the home to meet their relatives.

Often the inmates are beaten up if they raise their problem with the officials.

“We were left with no option but to come out on the streets,” one of them said.

Reacting to the dharna, one of the officials, who did not disclose her name, said an LPG cylinder had been arranged today. She alleged that the inmates were unnecessary creating problem.

Despite constant efforts district probation officer Usha Tiwari and superintendent of the Ashram could not be contacted.