MULTAN - A number of elderly people availing shelter at government-run Old Home in Multan has risen by nearly 40 per cent in the wake of recent building expansion necessitating an increase in its annual budget. The sources said, there was a time when the old home, officially named ‘Aafiyat Centre’, had a capacity to accommodate 30 individuals and applications from elderly people used to remain pending. But, after expansion, the centre still has space to accommodate more even after recent addition of more elderly people. When contacted, Centre Incharge Nand Lal said, the facility’s strength has risen from 30 to 50 now after its expansion and they still have space enough to accommodate 20 more. To a question, he said the centre receives Rs 800,000 to Rs 1 million, in installments, for expenses on taking care of destitute elderly people.