Shanthiniketan is a NGO working for mentally disabled, mentally handicapped, Residential, and giving Vocational training located at Vanasthalipuram, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

The Management of Shanthiniketan has started the Half-way Home in the year 2003-2004. This year, being the third year of its starting, we have maintained this home by collecting donations from interested public.

In the year 2005-2006, the Ministry of Social Justice has kindly granted financial assistance to run this institution. At present we are providing training facilities for 25 members. Some of them are residing in the hostel specially provided for such inmates. Such inmates in the hostel are admitted at the request of their parents. The inmates also evince keen interest to stay in the hostel.

The Psychiatrist and Occupational Therapist also  prescribe and advice the necessary of some of the inmates for their stay in the hostel. Considering all these aspects, the Project Director and one of the committee member have to finally give their consent for the admission of any member of Half-way Home to stay in the hostel as an inmate.

If there is no such necessity  for any member to stay in the hostel, such member or members would be admitted as day scholars in the Half-way Home. We are providing day-care, residential facility, psychological assessment, consultation with psychiatrist and occupational therapist, medical doctor and social worker and continuation of Medicines required.

We are giving vocational training in fields of type-writing, computer education, leaf plate, buffet plate and paper-cup making sections . We are also providing placement services for these persons.

In running this Half-way Home, we are facing some hardships like securing a suitable building to maintain this institution. A Psychiatrist is demanding a sum of Rs. 1,000-00 ( one thousand only) per visit to see all these members. But the Hon’ble Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India is providing only Rs. 340-00 per visit.

Hence we are facing difficulties in bringing a psychiatrist to our home whenever necessary. In view of this predicament, sometimes  we are arranging a vehicle to take these persons to consult a Psychiatrist at his clinic. Hence we request the Hon’ble  Ministry either to sanction of Rs. 1,000-00 per visit in place of Rs. 340-00 per visit  or transport expenditure may be provided.

The other hardship in this respect, Hostel maintenance, we are receiving Hostel maintenance only for 50% inmates and we should collect hostel fee from the remaining persons those who are residing in Hostel. We are facing difficulties in this regard. Hence we request the Hon’ble Ministry  to sanction Hostel maintenance for all inmates.

The Hon’ble Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, is kind enough to sanction Grant-in-and for Hostel maintenance at the rate of Rs. 500-00 per month per head. The amount is not at all sufficient to provide nutritious food for the treated and controlled mentally ill persons, as they are under medication. Hence, we request, the authorities of the Hon’ble Ministry to sanction at least Rs. 850-00 per month.