World homeless day was celebrated worldwide on 11th of October. Former union energy secretary E.A.S. Sarma graced an event organized at Gnanapuram to mark the World Homeless Day. He spoke about the issue with all the zest that shelters should be built for homeless, differently abled, aged and for women with special amenities.
In spite of repeated letters to the government, political interference in running the shelters at Tenali, Kurnool, Srikakulam and the city continued creating trouble to the NGOs running them, he said.
Mr. Sarma recalled the initiative taken by the then Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanarayana for launching night shelters.
Secretary of Association for Urban & Tribal Development (AUTD) Pragada Srinivasu went on about the objective of the program.
While 200 persons were accommodated in six shelters in Visakhapatnam, the rest were still left on footpaths and streets, Mr. Srinivasu said.
An estimated one per cent population, including street children, migrant labourers and destitutes, were still living in the open and though State and Central governments were ready to give funds, municipalities and corporations were not sending proposals to MEPMA, the State-level agency, he said.
Hoping NGO’s come forward and take an initiative to rescue homeless and wish government provides them with required funds to eradicate this problem for a better India.