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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Juvenile home reeling under acute staff crunch

Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, June 27, 2014
First Published: 22:48 IST(27/6/2014) | Last Updated: 22:50 IST(27/6/2014)

At least six more caretakers were recommended by the juvenile home to take care of the inmates lodged here for their involvement in various crimes, but to no avail.

Inmates at the juvenile home were aware and sure about the fact that they could overpower at least two caretakers with an ease, which was the reason they were able to flee away from the juvenile home.

On the other hand, sensing the gravity of the jailbreak incident, director, social security and development and women and children (SSDWC), Gurkirat Kirpal Singh and other prominent officials, will visit the juvenile home on Saturday to further investigate the matter.

While talking to HT over phone, Singh said there was a huge shortage of superintendents at the juvenile homes, adding he had already sent some names for the promotion committee of the department.

“I believe that once we will be able to fill the vacancies at all juvenile homes, the security will improve automatically,” he added.

Child development and project officer (CDPO) Sukhcharan Kaur, who also holds the additional charge of superintendent of juvenile home, said, “While the two caretakers of the juvenile home were hospitalised, the department has pressed the other staff in the duty.”

“I have written to the department to appoint one caretaker for at least six inmates,” she said.

When asked, the director said, “The number of inmates keeps on increasing so it's hard to appoint caretakers considering the numbers of inmates at the juvenile homes but we are working on it and will do the needful.”

It is learnt that on June 21 late, as many as six inmates at the juvenile home had kept two caretakers hostage and fled after jumping over the walls of the home.

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