VISAKHAPATNAM: Senior civil judge and secretary of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Buli Krishna on Sunday said that DLSA would stand by the inmates living in shelters provided by GVMC towards fulfilling their rights and in getting Aadhar cards and other facilities.
Participating in a meeting commemorating the World Homeless Day at Gandhi statue here, he said that the corporation was a role-model for other districts in creating facilities for the homeless.
GVMC has built eight shelters, including one exclusively for women at TSR Complex. The shelters are located at Bhimnagar, Bhupeshnagar, Maharanipeta, Peda Waltair and Butchirajupalem.
“We are planning to set up eight more shelters in the city, of which two will come up at Pendurthi and Simhachalam,’’ said project director of Urban Community Development, GVMC, K Srinivasa Rao.
Funds are drawn from National Urban Livelihood Mission and GVMC spends
Rs 6 lakh on each shelter annually. Food is served every evening since most of them go out in the morning for their livelihood. The staff at shelter homes help inmates in getting Aadhar cards, pension, ration card and other welfare measures sanctioned by the government.
Rao said they also unite the inmates with their family members if they have left their home following differences with their children.
Shelters for the homeless came in handy during the lockdown when they accommodated guest workers from different states who had no home or money to eat....