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Retired Junior Commissioned Officers get a chance at second innings

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When Santosh Singh (name changed) retired as a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), it seemed to be the end of his working life. Two months down the line, he is happily managing catering services at a five-star hotel in Delhi.

Singh is one of the 150 JCOs trained by the Delhi Institute of Hotel Management (DIHM). The 12-week programme is a part of the resettlement scheme of the Ministry of Defence, which intends to provide vocational knowledge of hospitality operations to retired army officers. The aim is to provide the retirees employment in the hospitality industry or support them to emerge as successful entrepreneurs.

“The experience is extremely interesting. I now have a job after retiring from the defence services. More than financial stability, it is about individuality. I am enjoying this second innings in my life,” Singh said.

DIHM Director Dr Ravi Prakash said: “The JCOs are nominated by the Department of Resettlement, most of whom are approaching their superannuation. The idea is to help them be independent even after retirement. Many of them are now settled with the Railways and helping in the catering service.”

The programme has been designed in a manner that the candidates do not only get theoretical inputs but also hands-on experience of various trades, including kitchen, bakery, and food and beverages (F&B).

“The exposure is not limited to the institute only. The candidates are also sent to leading hotel chains to experience the challenges and get familiar with the industry’s demands and environment,” Dr Prakash added.

Special classes related to entrepreneurship, travel management in India, stress management, finance management, banks and loans, and so on are also being arranged to promote and support the upcoming entrepreneurs among the retirees.

For those wishing to join service, the institute has tied up with various hotels, restaurants, and catering establishments. In addition, the institute is planning to give cooking classes to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. As per the plan, 240 CRPF personnel will be trained in the first batch.

“We had received a letter from the CRPF officials, in which they communicated about giving training to 240 personnel. We have prepared a full plan about the programme and its content. We are now waiting for their final reply. Then we will go ahead with the plan,” Dr Prakash said.

Premier Safdarjung hospital shuts toilets at 4pm

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The attendants of patients at the Safdarjung Hospital are now learning to restrict their liquid intake in the evenings. For as soon as the clock strikes 4pm, shutters come down on toilets in the Out-Patient and Emergency Departments in the premier medical institute. Attendants with patients in these departments are not allowed access to other departments.

It was revealed during a visit by the DNA correspondent that one of the Central government’s biggest hospitals shuts down its toilets, once the OPD services are over. The OPD functions from 9am to 4pm. Afterwards, many attendants can be seen urinating outside on the walls of the hospital.

“What are we supposed to do? The toilets are locked and we are not allowed to go inside other wards. My brother is here in the Emergency Department and there are no toilets for people like us,”said Chunni Singh, an attendant.

According to sources, its not only the attendants who are in a fix. Sometimes, even the patients have to face this problem.

Shifting the blame, however, a senior administrative official at the hospital said: “Many times, attendants throw gauze or pieces of cloth inside the toilets, which then get clogged. In order to prevent the problem, we shut down a few toilets. The ones for the patients remain operational.”

Despite repeated attempts, the hospital’s Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr AK Rai did not respond to DNA’s queries. The hospital witnesses a footfall of nearly 8,000 people daily.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, aims to make India open defecation-free by year 2019. As part of the mission, 12 crore toilets will be constructed in rural India by October 2019, at an estimated cost of Rs 1.96 lakh crore.

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