Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on August 31, 2018 inaugurated the widows’ home ‘Krishna Kutir’ at Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.
Krishna Kutir is a special home for 1000 widows and is the largest ever facility of its kind created by a government organisation.
Home for Widows: ‘Krishna Kutir’
• The Vrindavan home will offer shelter and protection to the large number of helpless widows.
• An area of 4 acres has been allocated near the home by the district administration which will be developed into a park and which can be used by the widows of the home.
• Widows will be a part of various committees which will be formed to manage the widows’ home.
• The Home for Widows, Krishna Kutir has been constructed on 1.4 hectare of land through National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) at a cost of Rs 57.48 Crores (including cost of the land).
• It has capacity to house inmates and has beautifully made 100 rooms or dormitories.
• The design of the Home has been prepared in consultation with ‘Helpage India’ and is old age friendly as well.
• It consists of ground plus three floors with the facilities of ramp, lifts, supply of adequate electricity, water and other amenities for senior citizens and persons with special challenges.
• It is also equipped with a large modern kitchen and a skill cum training centre.
• It has two dispensaries and physiotherapy facility and the inmates will be given regular medical checkups.
• The construction of the home was funded by Central Government and it will be managed by the Uttar Pradesh Government.
The widows’ home ‘Krishna Kutir’ was set up by the Ministry of Women and Child Development under its ‘Swadhar Greh Scheme’. The Ministry started the ‘Swadhar Greh scheme’ to provide such facilities to abandoned women. This will not only reduce their difficulties but will also help them live a dignified life with a sense of confidence.
The widows’ home was constructed with an aim to mitigate the plight of widows living in pathetic condition in Vrindavan. The Ministry took cognisance of the shocking condition of widows living in Vrindavan who refused to go back to their native place or their home.
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