The District Magistrate said that a campaign is being run by the district administration in collaboration with social welfare organisations, Varanasi Municipal Corporation (VMC), police and NGOs.
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi city is all set to become beggar-free, as the district administration has launched a special campaign called 'Bhikshavriti Mukt Kashi'. District Magistrate S Rajalingam said, “We are working with a strategy to eliminate beggary by identifying three categories of beggars active in Kashi. Tourist spots like Dashashwamedh Ghat, temples including Sankat Mochan, city roads and squares will be focused."
What did the District Magistrate say?
Rajalingam said, a campaign is being run by the district administration in collaboration with social welfare organizations, Varanasi Municipal Corporation (VMC), police and non-governmental organizations. was launched with the direction to ensure strict compliance of the provisions of Human Rights and Uttar Pradesh Beggary Prohibition Act, 1975."
He said, “The destitute are placed in the first category. Next, come members of organized rackets involved in begging and poor people who engage in various activities to earn livelihood and beg on special occasions. The temples come to town."
The beggar will be rehabilitated
In the initial phase of the campaign, joint teams started counselling people involved in begging. Pilgrims, tourists and others are being urged to stop begging beggars through announcements, posters, banners and leaflets. In the next phase, beggars will be weeded out and rehabilitated despite counselling.