The Delhi Cabinet has approved the draft agreement for management, operation and maintenance of two new homes for mentally-challenged persons at Dwarka and Bindapur, which have been handed over to two non-government organisations.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said the Cabinet has decided to ensure better management of these two new homes for mentally retarded persons. She said they had been made functional after the Asha Kiran complex was found to be hugely congested with 738 inmates occupying it as against the capacity of 350.

After decongestion of the Asha Kiran Complex, she said the Government on the recommendation of a Cabinet Committee, decided to hand over the management of these two homes to NGOs. In response to an advertisement placed in various newspapers four offers were received for the Dwarka Home and five for Bindapur. Following a detailed analysis of the offers, assessed on the basis of bids and background of the NGOs, the FCS Foundation, Noida was found suitable for the Dwarka Home while GRS Security Services, Gurgaon were selected for the Bindapur Home.

The draft agreement for management, operation and maintenance provides for strict overall supervision of the two homes by a Care Quality Committee. Further, the Government would be paying Rs.6,016 per inmate per month for the proposed Dwarka home that has a capacity of 100 inmates and Rs 5,509 per inmate per month for the Bindapur Home which has a capacity of 120 inmates.

The agreement will be valid for 10 years and can be renewed on mutual consent. It has also been clearly laid down that the NGOs would not be allowed to make any commercial use of the building.

As for the role of the Delhi Government, it was stated that the land and building would remain in its name and it would also select all the inmates. The two agencies would also be required to file a monthly report with the Government.

The shortlisted NGOs would also be required to provide medical facilities in the homes along with an ambulance. Apart from accommodation, these Homes would also provide food, clothing, medical care, recreation, vocational training and security to mentally retarded persons.

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