Hyderabad: Govt announces Rs 500 for spotting 'beggars'

Hyderabad: Govt announces Rs 500 for spotting 'beggars'”

The IT hub of Hyderabad has banned begging in public places until January 7.

Officials in India's Hyderabad plan to offer citizens Rs500 to identify beggars as part of an initiative to declare the city "beggar free" after December 15. For information leading to spotting a beggar, we will pay Rs 500."The drive was started on October 20, the homeless spotted on the streets are being taken to Anand Aashram near the Chanchalguda prison and Cherlapally prison". The three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) begins on November 28; organisers say they can accommodate only 400 entrepreneurs from India and 800 from the United States and the rest of the world. The department also insists those rounded up can leave at any time after establishing their identity and giving an undertaking not to beg, but that implies the state views people as "problems" to be "fixed" rather than as humans with rights and aspirations whose circumstances or choices have left them destitute.

The state government has said that they have picked up 366 beggars so far.

"We are maintaining database and have shared the same with police and civic authorities". A move to round up "beggars" and rehabilitate them ahead of the event has raised eyebrows.

He said beggars are being segregated in different categories and various NGOs are being roped in to admit beggars who are elderly, mentally ill, and physically challenged.

"The prisons department plans to train the beggars so that they can work at the fuel stations where we provide manpower", he added.

Citing a municipal survey conducted two years ago, he said a chunk of around 6,000 beggars in the city do so willingly.

"Also, when she speaks as the head of the USA delegation, in a way she would be communicating what is the official position of the US government about entrepreneurship, about start-ups", he said of Ivanka Trump.

The Telangana prisons rehabilitation programme for beggars sounds good on paper, but even the department's press notes describe begging as a "menace" and betray its intentions.

"We will also report for criminal action against those beggars who are able to earn but (prefer to) indulge in professional begging", he said.

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