Census on beggars to be conducted

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The government is to conduct a census on beggars island-wide as they have identified a rise in beggars living in urban areas, the Ministry of Social Services said.

The National Institute for Social Development (NISD) will conduct the survey on behalf of the government. Following the census the Ministry also plans to integrate them in to the society and provide houses for the homeless.

One of the main objectives of the census is to identify the true beggars as some individuals pose as beggars to earn between Rs.250 to Rs.500 daily.

It is known that beggars come under different leaderships. The police said that there are ring leaders who instruct and take a share of the cash earned by the beggar.

A spokesman of the Ministry said that when development activities are taking place and when the country is moving ahead these areas should be solved immediately. “We have prepared an understudy on how we can add value to their lives and provide them with a house and even with minor jobs, which is better than begging in roads,” he said.

It was revealed that intra-clan rivalry had led to the death of a number beggars in Colombo and the suburbs last year. (Supun Dias)
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  • rumi Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:17 PM

    this govt. already made lot of beggars-because of rise in cost of living.

    AMG Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:29 PM

    How a price increase at this time doesn't make any sense in this matter...........????

    gonAliya Sunday, 12 February 2012 10:28 PM

    Finance minister and ministry officials should be in that list

    Gamaraala Sunday, 12 February 2012 11:58 PM

    Make sure I am counted.

    gajan99 Monday, 13 February 2012 01:53 AM

    Send white van with them.

    Aristotle Monday, 13 February 2012 02:45 AM

    Organized beggars, start with the Government of Sri Lanka.

    Ariya Monday, 13 February 2012 03:26 AM

    All beggars should be transported out of the cities. Can you imagine how a man without legs come all the way to Bamba to beg?!

    Leslie Monday, 13 February 2012 05:33 AM

    Beggars get a good income begging. They are lethargic and prefer not to do any work. In the latter part of 1980's in Badulla the beggars were romped in, provided food and shelter. However they were required to do gardening. They did not like it and would sneak out to the town to beg. The project was a failure.
    In a way the beggars could be compared to the politicians you find in government offices. As all know they do little or no work, but fatten themselves on bribes and corruption

    kaputakukula Monday, 13 February 2012 06:36 AM

    It is not possible to get the exact count of the beggars. Beggars are created every day by the government. Can we expect richers to be created at the rate of these rocketing cost of livings. Of course filthy richers are created and you know who they are.


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