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Orphans made to stay with garbage

Orphans made to stay with garbage
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Lalit Sardana, a lawyer by profession and a resident of B Block in Kalkaji, New Delhi, is striving hard since years to clear the the menace of a dump  yard, which is just in front of his house. It is also adjacent to  the Department of Women and Child Development’s Village Cottage Home II, an orphanage. Close by, a  gurudwara, a deaf and dumb school, an old-age home as well as three government schools and a private school are situated.

The welfare officer Vinod Vinay and the superintendent Rakesh Bala of the home are also trying hard to get the dump yard removed from near their main gate, which poses serious health problems for the children of the orphanage  as well as the residents nearby. There are 25 children in the age group of 6 to 10 years at the moment in the orphanage.

Ugrasen have been working there as a caretaker for 12 years now and stated that they are all fed up of this menace and have lost all hopes that government, or the MCD would do anything to make the situation better. ‘Many cases have been registered so far but no action has been taken to improve the present state of that place,’ he added.

According to Ugrasen even the former union minister of women and child development ministry paid a visit to the cottage home as well as the old age home for inspection some time ago but nothing changed after that. To make matters worse, the garbage is being cleared only once every two to three months, which is quite enough to prove the apathy of the Delhi government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

Apparently, the dump yard goes back almost 20 years. And a decade ago, Lalit and his Son Porush Sardana, who is also a lawyer, had lodged a complaint with the sub divisional magistrate, station house officer of Kalkaji, MCD assistant commissioner and zonal health officer of Lajpat Nagar.
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