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First Old Age Home to come up in valley at Pandach Ganderbal

Srinagar March 05: Secretary Social Welfare, Farooq Ahmad Lone today reviewed the progress on key infrastructure projects and the new initiatives taken by the department this year in Kashmir division. Lone said that among the new initiatives kick-started by the Social Welfare Department during the current fiscal is the Valley’s first Old Age Home which is being established at Pandach. He saidthe land has already been identified by Dy Commissioner Ganderbal for this maiden project to be executed by the Police Housing Corporation. He said Rs 50 lakh have been provided for the project during current financial year. The Secretary Social Welfare said that Markaz-e-FalahiItfaal at Kangan is being upgraded with construction of a new block and fencing of the whole complex. He said work on fencing is already in progress and the construction work on new block has been mobilised by the Police Housing Corporation involving a cost of Rs 1 crore for which administrative approval has already been accorded Dr Lone said in a first Social Welfare Department has started home for mentally ill and recovered patients who have been abandoned by their families or are homeless. He said the home has already started functioning from a rented building in Srinagar.He saidas reported by District Social Welfare Officer Ganderbal, land has been identified by Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal in the vicinity of District Hospital Ganderbal for the purpose. “To start construction work on the project Rs 25 lakh have been released during current financial year,” he said and added.

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