Rs.3 million for beggars

4 October 2010 11:52 am - 19     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Indika Sri Aravinda

The maintenance of the beggars’ camp in Hambantota costs the government Rs.3 Million a month, the Southern Provincial Council’s (SPC) Social Services Department said

590 beggars were taken into custody from the Colombo area and brought to the camp but only 520 remain due to some beggars escaping from the facility, Shriya Danthanarayana, Directress of the Social Services Department of the SPC told Daily Mirror online.

We have been compelled to put in a lot of effort to keep the beggars inside the camp, Danthanarayana said. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • shanthi Tuesday, 05 October 2010 08:14 AM

    they are also human, made out of flesh and blood , must help them or else they must beg on the road.

    Lapas Tuesday, 05 October 2010 01:31 PM

    This is one of the best jobs undertaken by the MR government, in order to keep the city clean, WELL DONE

    careman Tuesday, 05 October 2010 02:50 AM

    more than 3 million for just one minister to be maintaned.

    Smart Aleck Monday, 04 October 2010 12:07 PM

    But the biggest cost is to maintain the 250 odd beggars near the Diyawanna Oya and their henchmen.

    shane Tuesday, 05 October 2010 04:36 PM

    Dont worry! very soon the wholr country will be land of beggers.

    Nimesh Samarasinghe Monday, 04 October 2010 12:39 PM

    Are these marginalised groups in society being held in a camp against their will? If not, do we have any evidence to suggest otherwise?

    Katussa Monday, 04 October 2010 12:42 PM

    They aren't beggars but thieves and cutthroats hanging on like leaches sucking on our blood!!!!

    Wand Monday, 04 October 2010 12:42 PM

    Well said. The cost of maintaining thoses beggars will run in to Billions, not Millions.

    Iluminatis Monday, 04 October 2010 12:59 PM

    A another holocaust soon !

    I Hussein Monday, 04 October 2010 01:04 PM

    To maintain real beggars 3 million and to maintain the fake BEGGARS/Buggers how many billions? DM please do a survey.
    More than 400 direct/indirect family members employed in state sectors.
    I wonder how the country is surviving without collapsing.

    arasoysa Tuesday, 05 October 2010 09:48 AM

    140 fake beggeres went to Newyork for a week . The total cost was Rs 150 million.!!!!

    knight Rider Tuesday, 05 October 2010 09:52 AM

    Train them to do skilled work, handicraft and labour, also give them basic education the lack of those things are what put them on the street mostly. in few years there wont be any beggars if this lot is rehabilitated and trained. they in turn can train other such homeless people and once the network widens there wont be a need to beg but use their talents and abilities and work for a living. People also must learn to refrain from contributing to beggars.

    Hippo Monday, 04 October 2010 01:23 PM

    Well I should classify them as international beggars.

    Elaris Wednesday, 06 October 2010 12:52 AM

    Bettter to be a begger in Hambantota than be a civil servant in Colombo

    malik Tuesday, 05 October 2010 10:44 AM

    we can ask other contry how they do with people only thinks you take comments from other why not for this one babe this people to have the right be Sri Lankans they have to right to live

    Shivanka David Wednesday, 06 October 2010 01:56 AM

    at one hand we can look at this as a good charity rather than spending a lot of public funds to maintain a huge parliament cabinet. i think this should be god's idea .

    bassa Tuesday, 05 October 2010 06:36 AM

    10% of this three million goes to.....I don't know how these people wear a sarong..!!

    Nicolas Peucelle Tuesday, 05 October 2010 06:47 AM

    The inmates could get a little job to do and once they have collected a certain amount of savings they will pay back their housing fee and "productive life" training course. The rest of their savings will be allowing them to leave the "school". As long as they do not have achieved that minumum amount of savings they may be considered as not fully "licensend" to leave the classes... Remains the question if holding beggars in camps is suitable at all. Other regimes experimented in these matters.

    Podi Guru Tuesday, 05 October 2010 07:25 AM

    Whether suitable or not is a good question. What are the conditions under which these people are now living?

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