Delhi govt to frame policy to curb beggary
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 22:15
New Delhi: Delhi government on Thursday said it will soon frame a new policy to curb beggary in the city and at the same time facilitate various welfare measures for the beggars including rehabilitation and shelter for them.

"The government will frame a comprehensive policy to curb the begging menace in the capital," Delhi Social Welfare Minister Kiran Walia said at a conference.

Delhi government had faced allegations of rounding up beggars from the city in the run up to last year's Commonwealth Games.

According to an estimate by the social welfare department, there are around 60,000 beggars in Delhi. Of them, 30 per cent are minors, 69.94 per cent are males and 30.06 per cent are females.

Walia said while framing the policy, government will adopt a "humane approach" in dealing with the issue.

She said there are reports that kidnapped children are forced into beggary by anti-social elements and later these children become criminals.

"The government's motive will be rehabilitate them in such a manner that they could stand on their feet and earn their livelihood," she said.

Admitting that the government-run beggar homes are in bad shape, she said the social welfare department will be asked to revamp the shelters do that they can be "meaningfully used".

She said that her department is committed to evolve a framework that will become the basis and foundation for a "just and fair system" of support and rehabilitation of the destitute citizens.

Walia said that Government will set up rehabilitation centres for motivating and rehabilitating beggars and to motivate them to come out of beggary.


First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 22:15

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