At a time when ruling Congress regime is doling out welfare schemes, as many as 25 widow and destitute women putting up in a government shelter home being run by the women and child welfare development department have been served eviction notices.
These women who have been staying at the destitute centre for more than a decade with their children are running from pillar to post to save themselves from being displaced.
The destitute women and widow women centre is located at Gandhi Camp area of Rohtak town.
Shakuntala Devi(52), a widow staying at this centre for the last 17 years, said that it was not the first time that they were threatened to be ousted by the government, but the notices were being sent after intervals for last two years to give them sleepless nights. She has a 22-year-old unmarried daughter.
Similarly, Naresh Rani (40), a divorcee, staying at the home for the last three years, said that she had no one to look after her and she was not capable to earn a living as an unskilled labourer. She said that from government side, each single member putting up at the home gets Rs. 750 per month to arrange their food, while accommodation with electricity and water were free for inmates here.
Neetu Rani, an elderly woman, said that according to rules department run programmes like sewing, stitching to make them self-dependent which also give the inmates an opportunity to earn some extra money, but such programmes were rarely been made operational.
They said that they had met chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, his MP son Deepender Singh Hooda and on August 27, they had gone to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi to apprise her of their problem, but to no avail.
Programme officer at destitute centre, Snehlata, told HT that the department had issued notices after forming a policy that such women could be allowed to stay up to 3 years, which can be stretched to 5 years in special cases. Elaborating on the issue, she said that the objective of such homes were to provide immediate relief to destitute women, who then should become independent within a period of three years and vacate the space for other needy persons.
On how would a women become self dependent sans any skilled training schemes, she said that some of them were getting training. The deputy commissioner has written to the headquarters in Panchkula seeking some more time to inmates. Rohtak deputy commissioner Amit Agrawal could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.