Vrindavan Current Affairs
Union Ministry of Women and Child Development recently had inaugurated widows’ home ‘Krishna Kutir’ at Vrindavan in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Krishna Kutir is special home for 1000 widows set under Swadhar Greh scheme and is the largest ever facility of its kind created by government organization. It was constructed to mitigate the plight of widows living in pathetic condition in Vrindavan.
Its construction was funded by Central Government and will be managed by UP Government. It was constructed on 1.4 hectare of land allotted by UP Government through National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC). It has 100 rooms or dormitories with capacity of housing 1000 inmates at time. Its name was selected a month-long Vrindavan Ashram contest held on social media and entry of Sunita Katyal, Krishna Kutir, was adjudged as winning entry.
The design of this Home was prepared in consultation with Helpage India and is old age friendly. It consists of ground plus three floors with facilities of ramp, lifts, supply of adequate electricity, water and other amenities for meeting requirement of senior citizens and persons with special challenges. It is also equipped with large modern kitchen and skill cum training centre. It also has two dispensaries and physiotherapy facility to provide regular medical check-ups to inmates.
Swadhar Greh Scheme
It is implemented by Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. It aims to ensure economic and social security to women in distress or victims of difficult circumstances who are in need of institutional support for rehabilitation so that they could lead their life with dignity. It envisages providing shelter, food, clothing and health as well as economic and social security for these women.
The Union Ministry of Women and Child and Development (WCD) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uttar Pradesh Government for management of Home of Widows at Sunrakh Bangar, Vrindavan. The MoU will be in force for period of 2 years and may be renewed for further period on satisfactory running of shelter homes of widows.
Ministry of WCD has constructed this shelter home for widows with a capacity of 1000 inmates. It will be run by Uttar Pradesh Government themselves or by any state government institution or civil society or reputed non-government organization (NGO) to be decided by state government.
According to MoU, UP Government of will be responsible for activities including setting up mechanism for identifying beneficiaries, providing residential care to widows, deploying staff as per norms with prescribed qualification and experience.
The MoU also includes provisions for facilitating Aadhar Cards for all inmates and medical and geriatric care for inmates. It further states that senior officials of UP Government will visit and check security staff periodically and monitor their performance.