Surat, Nov 18 (UNI) The city-based Bhikshuk Gruh (beggars house) has achieved a feat of sorts by becoming self-dependent in growing vegetables on its campus, thereby cutting down the monthly expenses.
Superintendent of Gruh, Dina Patel said cultivation of vegetables is in full swing and within two months, they will be able to grow 20 kg of vegetables needed by Gruh daily. This will not only save Rs 15,000 per month but will also help earn extra income for selling excess vegetables to 'mandis'.
''We are also planning to procure more seeds from Bardoli for cultivation. It will take time but once we achieve it, we won't have to spend money. The government has given us permission to extend the project and we are going with that only. At present, we are planning to grow vegetables such as cauliflower, tomato, brinjal and lady-finger among others,'' she added.
Patel said due to lack of funds or donations further planning can't be done. Recently, the Gruh developed the garden with the help of some donors, she informed.
Ms Patel said the Gruh has been facing scarcity of staff as the 14 vacancies were yet to be filled, including driver, nurse, compounder and security guard among others. Due to this reason, the arrest of beggars had been stopped for last many months.
However, despite these problems, the Gruh has become self-sufficient in growing vegetables, she added.
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