11 deaths at state-run rehabilitation home: Will not spare those responsible, says Raje

She said this at a high-level meeting on the issue with State Health Minister Rajendra Rathore, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Shri Arun Chaturvedi and Chief Secretary C S Rajan.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: May 1, 2016 8:52 am
(Express Archive) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje (Express Archive)

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Saturday issued instructions for strict action against government officials responsible for the deaths of 11 people with special needs at the state-run rehabilitation home at Jamdoli in Jaipur.

Raje said even senior officers, if found responsible, would not be spared. She said this at a high-level meeting on the issue with State Health Minister Rajendra Rathore, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Shri Arun Chaturvedi and Chief Secretary C S Rajan.

Terming the deaths a “very serious and shocking incident”, Raje said official carelessness was at display in the handling of the issue.

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The chief minister also directed officers of departments of Medical Health, Public Health and Engineering, Social Justice and Empowerment, Education and Tribal Area Development to conduct inspections of all hostels, residential schools and children’s homes immediately to check facilities like cleanliness, drinking water supply and health services.

She also instructed district collectors and other senior officers to visit such hostels or schools and report to the departments concerned.

Eleven inmates, including at least seven children, of a government-run mental health and rehabilitation institute on the outskirts of the state capital have died of septicemia and food poisoning in the last 12 days.

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