District Collector Dinesh Arora has said that qualified employees, mainly post graduates in social work, will be recruited through the State Public Service Commission (PSC) as student wardens to provide more individual attention and care to children staying at the government-run Sree Chitra Home (SCH) here.

Chairing a meeting of the managing committee of the home on Tuesday, Mr. Arora said there were only four wardens for the 300 children as against the required 10 at the home.

The Nirmithi Kendra and the Public Works Departments would prepare an estimate to improve the infrastructure, including provision of ceiling fan and mosquito net, in all the dormitories at the home.

The institution's perimeter abutting the nearby canal and the railway track would be fenced and its precincts would be provided with lights at night as part of security measures.

He said government doctors would examine all new admissions at the home. He urged the National Rural Health Mission's district programme manager to conduct at least one medical camp for the children every month.

The Collector said a junior public health nurse would be posted permanently at the institution to look into the general health of the children. The nurse would ensure that they were protected against contagious and vector-borne diseases.

He directed the home authorities to liaison better with the managements of schools where the children were studying. Mr. Arora had called the meeting after some voluntary organisations accused the home authorities of maladministration and mistreatment of children.

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