Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lokayukta holds meeting on poor facilities at hostels

Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao on Wednesday held a meeting with senior officials of the Social Welfare Department to address concerns regarding poor facilities provided at Scheduled Castes/Tribes hostels in several districts including Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Bidar and Gulbarga.

During the Lokayukta’s visit to these places, students, especially girls, had complained about low quality food, insufficient drinking water, crammed accommodation and badly maintained toilets. At some hostels in Bidar, there was only one bathroom for 80 girls, Lokayukta Deputy Commissioner Syed Riyaz said.

After getting an assurance from the officials that the complaints would be attended to, the Lokayukta will take stock of the situation after six months. Detailing instances of poor facilities in the hostels, a letter to the Social Welfare Department from the Lokayukta states that at a girls’ hostel in Bidar, 15 girls stay in one small room, while the boys’ hostel houses 10 students in one small room.

In yet another hostel in Gulbarga for girls, students complained that food adequate to one hostelite was told to be shared with four others. The Lokayukta has suggested that a maximum of six students be lodged in the existing rooms and there should be at least one bathroom and one toilet for every 10 students. Food supplied should be adequate and be checked by dietician, once in three months.