After launching a scheme to help the widows of Vrindavan, Sulabh International today announced its decision to give a monthly dole of Rs 1,000 each to such women to prevent them from starvation and begging.
Making the announcement, Sulabh Founder, Bindeshwar Pathak, said the organisation has decided to make the payment on the fifth day of every calendar month.
Sulabh has already handed over Rs 1,000 each to widows living in four ashrams in Vrindavan in the last four days, he said.
To ensure prompt healthcare to the widows, the organisation has placed orders for four well-equipped ambulances to be kept alert round-the-clock exclusively for them.
The organisation, known for promoting low-cost sanitation, has opened a Sulabh centre which would monitor the healthcare facility, last rites and other welfare measures for widows.
Sulabh had on August 12 announced to take care of widows following the Supreme Court taking a strong exception recently to the manner in which the bodies of widows, who lived in government shelter homes at Vrindavan, were disposed.
The court asked NALSA (National Legal Service Authority) to contact Sulabh International to find out whether they could come forward to help the 1,780 odd widows living in four government shelters at Vrindavan, Pathak said.