Government Rehabilitation Homes



 With an intention to treat the leprosy  affected beggars and to rehabilitate them, the Government of Tamil Nadu established ten Rehabilitation Homes at the following places during the period 1971-1974.

Sl.
No.

Government Rehabilitation Home

Date of Opening

1

Paranur, Kancheepuram

02.10.71

2

Ulundurpet, Villupuram District

22.01.72

3

Bargur, Dharmapuri District

18.06.72

4

Pudukottai, Pudukottai DIstrict

07.01.73

5

Deviakurichi, Salem District

23.10.73

6

Manayeripatti, Thanjavur District

17.02.73

7

Y. Pudupatti, Madurai

22.04.73

8

Mallavadi, T.V.Malai District

04.07.73

9

Selliampatti,Dharmapuri District

19.10.73

10

Vinnapalli, Erode District.

10.01.74

ADMISSION & DISCHARGE:

    Each Home is intended for 400 adults and 25 children.  Leprosy beggars  are admitted either voluntarily or on being satisfied that they are really leprosy Beggars and on conviction by the Magistrates for the offence of begging in Government Rehabilitation Home at Ulundurpet.  In the case of married couple, if one spouse is suffering from leprosy and resorts to begging, the other spouse is also admitted in the Home.  If they have children, they too are admitted in the Home.

The inmates are discharged as and when certified by the Medical Officer concerned as non-infective and are able to work and earn their own  livelihood.  They are also discharged on disciplinary ground. 

 FACILITIES PROVIDED IN THE HOME

            Free boarding, lodging, clothing, medical facilities, training in various rehabilitation trades, and recreation facilities like games, screening of films,  colour TV, library etc. are provided to the inmates.

REHABILITATION MEASURES FOR THE INMATES OF THE HOMES:

Training in the following trades is given to the able bodied inmates.

  1. Cloth weaving (Handloom and Powerloom)
  2. Mat weaving
  3. Shoe Making and repairing
  4. Tailoring. 
  5. Carpentry.
  6. Agriculture

 

GOVERNMENT CARE CAMP, MELPAKKAM, Thiruvallur District.

The Government Care Camp, Melpakkam, is one of its kind and the only Home to be run by the Government for beggars.  It started functioning from 1st March 1954.  This was opened with a view to solving the beggar problem in the City of Chennai and to rehabilitate them as useful citizens by directing their energies towards learning useful trades to enhance their skills so as to enable them to earn their livelihood independently.
(a) ADMISSION AND DISCHARGE:
The sanctioned strength of the Care Camp is to accommodate 950 beggars including children (770  males and 180 females)/  The management of the Care Camp is governed by the Rules issued in G.O.Ms.No.891.  Social Welfare, dated 30th September 1972.  The beggars are admitted and detained here on conviction (under the Madras Prevention of Begging Act, 1945) upto the period of detention as ordered by the court.  The periods of detention varies from one year to three years.  No inmate is retained in the Care Camp beyond the detention period noted in the conviction order.

(b) FACILITIES PROVIDED TO THE INMATES:

Free Boarding, lodging, clothing, medical facilities and training in various trades are provided to the inmates.