Sampla visit exposes Hoshiarpur old-age home’s poor condition

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Hoshiarpur
  • Updated: Apr 03, 2015 10:57 IST

The deplorable condition of old-age home run by the social security department at Ram Colony Camp here stood exposed on Thursday when minister of state for social security and empowerment Vijay Sampla paid a surprise visit to the centre.

Not even a single staff member or security personnel was present when the local MP arrived there. One of the rooms had no electricity.

The toilets were chocked. Bed sheets were dirty. One of the sick inmates had been made to sleep on floor near the staircase lest he vomited in the room. The 28 odd inmates said they were not given timely medical treatment and were asked to pay for the same. The electronic articles such as washing machine and refrigerator donated by philanthropists were either taken away by the staff or thrown in the scrap, they alleged. They complained that behaviour of some of the staff members was very insulting.

Sampla went to the kitchen and tasted the food meant for the inmates. The food was satisfactory but the inmates said they were not served according to a fixed menu.

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