: The Orphanage Control Board district-level monitoring committee has decided to close down all unauthorised almshouses and orphanages in the district.

The monitoring committee meeting, chaired by district panchayat president Babu George, here, on Wednesday, also decided to convene a meeting of the representatives of various orphanages and almshouses as well as the officials concerned in the district at the Collectorate Conference Hall here on May 31.

Mr. George said orphanages and almshouses that have not yet received recognition should approach the District Social Welfare Officer. Action would be taken against institutions that fail to report the matter to the Department.

Kuriakose Moolayil, Orphanage Control Board member, Laila Divakar, District Medical Officer, M.K. Kaladharan, Additional District Magistrate, and K. Mahendran, District Probation Officer, also attended the meeting.