Rest homes for people with disabilities are open to the public from today in Kerala – The New Indian Express
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: State PWD nursing homes will be open for public bookings from Monday. The decision was made to provide affordable housing for the public. Until now, accommodation in rest homes has been reserved for civil servants and politicians. No less than 1,151 rooms in 153 nursing homes across the state will be available for reservation.
As part of the effort, the PWD tasked the officers concerned with fitting out the facilities and cleaning the surroundings of the nursing homes. In addition to this, the guest houses will also be renovated to make them suitable for public use. In the first phase, up to 30 nursing homes will be renovated. The rooms will be renovated and furnished and other additional amenities will be incorporated. Catering points will also be set up in rest homes.
PWD sources said comfort stations will be built for long-distance travelers. CCTV cameras will be installed in all nursing homes and monitored centrally. The Director General of KSRTC has been appointed responsible for the central surveillance of the video surveillance network. The inauguration of the online reservation will be made on Monday by the Minister of Public Works PA Mohamed Riyas.
The manager suspended after Riyas visit
The minister made a surprise visit to the nursing home for people with disabilities on Sunday to assess cleanliness before the online reservation was launched. The Minister was disappointed by the lack of cleanliness of the kitchen, the rooms and the premises. Riyas made no secret of his displeasure and asked the chief engineer to take action against the director, who was later suspended. Riyas said clear instructions have been given to ensure cleanliness in nursing homes for people with disabilities. “Here it was as if the instruction was not applicable. The whole facility has been inspected and the things going on here are not acceptable. Those who take a position contrary to the government’s decision will not be tolerated and action will be taken against them, ”Riyas said.