Crackdown on UP shelter homes: Pratapgarh, Pilibhit administrations seek detailed inquiry after anomalies

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Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published: August 10, 2018 5:02:34 am

The officials could verify only eight from one shelter home and four in the other.

The government’s crackdown on women’s shelter homes has begun throwing up serious flaws at Uttar Pradesh’s monitoring system. On Thursday, authorities flagged two shelter homes in Pratapgarh and one in Pilibhit of violating norms – they had allegedly fudged their records by inflating the number of inmates with them to get funds.

Both district administrations have written to the government requesting a detailed inquiry into the functioning of these shelter homes. They specifically requested the government to look into the funds sanctioned to them and recover the same if the charges are found to be true.

“We conducted surprise checks of two shelters on Wednesday — one in Astabhuja Nagar and the other in Achalpur. Their records stated that they had around 17 and 15 inmates, respectively. We found only one inmate in one while just three in the other. Their managements claimed that they house destitute women who would go to work during the day and return in the evening,” said Shambhu Kumar, District Magistrate, Pratapgarh. “In the evening we sent another team to verify their claims. There were a few more women then but nowhere close to the 20 they had claimed.”

Kumar said that they recorded the statements of these women too and an initial enquiry revealed that the others mentioned in their records were never there. The officials could verify only eight from the Astabhuja Nagar home and four in the other.

In Pilibhit, the district administration found that the women’s shelter home had 30 inmates on their rolls but only seven could be verified after a detailed inquiry. Pilibhit DM Akhilesh Mishra said, “We found that the organisation had inflated its figure probably hoping to get funds from the government.”

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