Another government project has come up on donated money.
Rs 78 lakh from a US-based couple, about Rs. 15 lakh from other people, a total budget of Rs. 1.75 crore: politicians took the honour of inaugurating the Red Cross hostel here for children with mental disabilities, though the contribution of philanthropists was more special.
On the pretext of empty coffers, the government had failed to support the project. Compassionate people in Faridkot district, however, showed a big heart to complete Bishan Devi Bhandari Sampuran Anand Bhavan, which will accommodate nearly 100 children. Local member of parliament Parmjeet Kaur Gulshan inaugurated the building on Thursday.
The government representatives only inaugurated the hostel, though the majority of its construction money had come from US couple Jugal and Bimla Kishor, who are from Faridkot originally. The contribution of the District Red Cross society was Rs. 82 lakh.
The children who will share this accommodation study in different special schools of the Red Cross in this district. "We run three special schools, one for children with mental disabilities, another for the little ones who can't hear and speak, and yet another for the children who are blind," said district Red Cross secretary Roshan Lal Goyal. "The total students are nearly 150."
The schools, in operation since 1998, serve children from Bathinda, Moga, Tarn Taran and Sriganganagar in Rajasthan as well, and include 20 girls. "We have nearly 70 children living in the old hostel," said Goyal. "The unfortunate children do not need pity but a small help," said Parmjeet Kaur Gulshan, MP of Faridkot. "We are grateful to the donors who helped build this hostel."
The NRI couple donated the money in the memory of the mother of Jugal Kishor. "It is a big gesture by rare high-thinking people in modern age," said deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat.
The building's finishing touches will be over in a month. It has come up in record time. Local legislator Deep Malhotra; the DC's wife, Tarndeep Kaur; and additional deputy commissioners Neelima and Mohan Lal were present at its inauguration.