Charge of old age home spurs war between groups
An old age home, set up by the state government four years ago in Gurgaon’s sector 4, has run into trouble over administration issues. HT reportsindia Updated: Jul 21, 2010 23:48 IST
An old age home, set up by the state government four years ago in Gurgaon’s sector 4, has run into trouble over administration issues.
It was earlier being managed by the Senior Citizen Forum but now the district administration has handed over the facility to a social organisation St Joseph Service Society and Sisters of the Destitute.
On Tuesday evening, Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner R K Kataria convened a meeting between the two factions. However, it yielded no result and the standoff continues.
The Senior Citizens Forum has now requested the authorities to handover the management back to them.
“This old home was managed by the Senior Citizen’s Forum till March when it was allotted to St Joseph Service Society and Sisters of the Destitute. Following this a lot of things have changed. Now, they interfere in our day to day activities and this has been going on for a long time now,” said Dharam Sagar, chief patron of the Senior Citizens Forum and chairman of Federation of Resident Welfare Association.
The old age home is used by the senior citizens of the city for their recreational activities.
The home comprises of a functional library and a television room.
“This place stopped working as an old age home years ago, because of lack of funds. Following this it was allotted to us in March,” said Father Rajan, St Joseph Service Society and Sisters of the Destitute.
“We have 10 inmates now all of them abandoned elderly people. We take care of them without charging any fee. We don’t even get support from the government. There are many senior citizens, who use our premises for their recreational activities. We do not stop them from coming here as it is a noble cause,” added Father Rajan.
When asked about the allegations being charged on them he said, “When the government failed to run this as an old age home the senior citizens started using it for their recreational purposes. We are not interfering in any of their activities. I do not know why they charging us with unnecessary allegations.”
Meanwhile, Kataria has asked the Senior Citizen Forum to form a five member committee for coordinating with him on the issue.