Beggars out today

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All beggars are to be removed from the main railway stations island wide beginning today. Sri Lanka Railway Spokesperson Vijay Samarasingha confirmed this morning that it was an initial step and the process would continue to include smaller stations in the near future.

Samarasingha confirmed that the Railway Protection Force and the Police are engaged in the removal of these beggars from the premises of the Railway stations in Kandy, Fort, Matale and Galle.

 In July beggars were prevented from boarding trains. (SR)

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  • Manchu Monday, 20 September 2010 05:01 AM

    Good move.

    Mahesh Tuesday, 21 September 2010 03:38 AM

    all the beggars should removed since this is very famous business , especially colour lights & supermarkets

    roadrunner Monday, 20 September 2010 05:10 AM

    good move because most of the beggars who are begging can do some kind of job and earn their own living but find this easy way of earning money.somtimes earn more than a government servant ! They are like parasites trying to live on poor peoples hard earned money. People who are disabled should be given some kind of ID after assesing them to become "qualified beggars". But even some disabled do some kind of job without depending on others setting example to pseudo-beggars!!!

    Nihal Tuesday, 21 September 2010 04:21 AM

    Because of the greed of mankind.

    Smart Aleck Monday, 20 September 2010 06:15 AM

    Soon many of us might be beggars.

    Fayad Monday, 20 September 2010 06:16 AM

    Good move this is an Organize Business, some have their own transport.

    Kanniah Monday, 20 September 2010 06:36 AM

    instead of removing the beggars, the poverty should be removed from the country.

    DXB Monday, 20 September 2010 06:37 AM

    Why do we have beggers ?

    Hash Monday, 20 September 2010 06:38 AM

    Please do the same for colour light beggars.

    Dina Monday, 20 September 2010 11:52 AM

    True.... I'm already bro....

    Bakamoona Monday, 20 September 2010 06:40 AM

    If the government can create a village for 'homeless people' and get them to do some kind of voluntary work so that the expenses incurred looking after them and feeding them, are compensated, and the country will be free from beggers, too.

    Dave Monday, 20 September 2010 06:45 AM

    All of us are beggars in one way or the other, we beg for money, power, fame, affection, jobs, positions, recognition, and many other things. If the people we are begging from want us removed, imagine our plight! Can't we be a little more considerate towards those who are less fortunate than ourselves?

    David Monday, 20 September 2010 06:59 AM

    Beggers can't board the bus.
    Beggers can't board the train.
    Beggers can't sleep on the pavement.
    Now they can't beg in Railway stations.
    Next month can't beg in bus stands.
    So the beggers menace is over.
    Did they gave any guidance for them to have a simple life?
    Stupid authorities

    Podi Guru Monday, 20 September 2010 06:59 AM

    YET, where is the safety net for the legitimate beggars? What about the woman with Coke-bottle eye glasses at my supermarket? And the countless others who really have no support other than taking to the streets? I give when I think the person is really in need and not capable of doing something other than begging--of course, this is not enough and I cannot discern the really needy from the lazy good-for-nothings.

    Lionel Monday, 20 September 2010 07:10 AM

    We can save or money and refrain from"Ping"

    Wasantha Monday, 20 September 2010 07:11 AM

    Most of the government employees are using train service as their key mode of transport. And therefore, may be instances that would be dificult to seperate the beggars from the general public.Be careful whether you are arresting the right people or not.

    Faqi Monday, 20 September 2010 07:12 AM

    Dave - This is not about the type of 'beggars' that you describe.
    This is about habitual beggars that hang around bus & railway stations & so forth. They practically harass the public for money. Its a nuisance, one should not be pestered or made to feel bad. A person should be able to go about freely without a hand been thrust. The Department of Social Services should take part in this and house, rehabilitate the begging population. Especially children should be taken over by the Social Service dept and sent to school. Begging is a disgrace to the country especially if we want tourists to come visit sri Lanka.

    shrek412 Monday, 20 September 2010 07:20 AM

    Great !!!
    Now we can have thousands of thieves who got nothing to loose.

    Government or any responsible body should address problems & needs of these people(after all beggars are humans too).

    Banning everything without a solution is not an option.

    Mahinda Monday, 20 September 2010 07:27 AM

    good.....
    But...
    get some some solution for beggars.

    Ramalingam Monday, 20 September 2010 07:30 AM

    beggers are well organized business for few people and they do it in mass scale. beggers only have a commission of money collected and rest owe by those businessmen’s. this was revealed by many newspapers in the past. this is high time to change peoples perception of beggers and most of those are begging not only because of they are poor but easiest way to earn money.

    willows Monday, 20 September 2010 07:32 AM

    keep moving good work, for some of them begging is lucrative business!!!

    Upul Monday, 20 September 2010 07:49 AM

    Even in the richest countries in the world i have seen beggers. It seems to just the poverty, it is destiny as well.

    Upul Monday, 20 September 2010 07:55 AM

    You are very correct Ramalingam. This fact is quite obvoius and support by some of the articles written by Prof. Nandasena Rathnapala.

    J Dan Monday, 20 September 2010 08:01 AM

    Why not you give that job to Marvin Silva

    Anil Monday, 20 September 2010 08:13 AM

    What about removing beggars at Traffic Lights ? They are a threat to motorists.

    kamal Monday, 20 September 2010 08:18 AM

    Did any one guide them to beg?

    kamal Monday, 20 September 2010 08:18 AM

    No, it will create more beggers.

    ajith Monday, 20 September 2010 08:33 AM

    Very good move,should also clear pavement hawkers.

    Podi Guru Monday, 20 September 2010 08:34 AM

    Lionel, your comment needs clarification because it is not understandable.

    mata nikang hithunan Monday, 20 September 2010 08:44 AM

    who are beggars?

    Oyage sudu kella Monday, 20 September 2010 08:44 AM

    Lionel, 'ping' is giving the deserved. There are so many homes for elders, homes for children, temples, etc. if you want to give 'pinata'. Don't encourage begging, please.

    Podi Guru Monday, 20 September 2010 08:47 AM

    Shrek412,

    Learn the difference between "loose" and "lose."

    I agree: ban everything and provide no solutions will make it all worse.

    Podi Guru Monday, 20 September 2010 08:49 AM

    #J Dan Learn to spell his name correctly! It is Mervyn.

    Podi Guru Monday, 20 September 2010 08:50 AM

    The bigger threat at traffic lights is the buses which go through red lights and/or blast their horns before anyone has had a chance to move.

    Holman Monday, 20 September 2010 09:11 AM

    What type of beggers are they going to stop in railway stations? Hope it includes 'paniyas' begging for love, too.

    Aru Tuesday, 21 September 2010 10:25 AM

    good. Beggers aare not poor. They are mudalalis operating bank accounts and eating buriyani and cheese. The average Sri Lankan cannot afford these goodies. There are many families who are poor but lead a decent life. They are the ones who deserve help. Beggers are upto all kinds of nonsense.

    willy Tuesday, 21 September 2010 02:43 AM

    What about the beggars in front of the two main supermarkets Cargils and Keells ?

    NASRULLAH-BERUWALA Monday, 20 September 2010 04:50 AM

    SHAAA! MARU NE!!!! GO GO AHEAD!! IT IS NEED FULL MOVE!!

    NishV Monday, 20 September 2010 09:23 AM

    it's the choice you make. this is an easy way of earning money.


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