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Greater proportion of beggars in SL urban areas are women: A census reveals

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Colombo, Dec.6 (Daily Mirror) - A recent census has revealed that a greater proportion of beggars in urban areas in Sri Lanka are women, Chairman of Ways and Means Committee Patali Champika Ranawaka revealed.

Speaking during a briefing, Minister Ranawaka said the total number of beggars in municipal and urban areas is 3,661 out of which 55 percent are women.

“The Ways and Means Committee will introduce a national policy on beggars next year,” the MP said.

Also, the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee said the committee headed by him had proposed that the Aswesuma social welfare scheme be extended to all who use less than 30 units of electricity.


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  • Lakmal Kahawela Wednesday, 06 December 2023 06:22 PM

    You don't have anything important to find out Mr Ranawaka

    Politicians Begging to Show Off Wednesday, 06 December 2023 07:55 PM

    If all the politicians can cut down on their expenses to a reasonable level, so many more people can have a decent living. After all, the money they are using to show off is by begging from other countries taxpayers period

    Jude Fernando Wednesday, 06 December 2023 08:36 PM

    All these people begging at road intersections and traffic lights are professional beggars working under duress for mafias run by corrupt persons. Won't be surprised if they have political patronage.

    A buddhist Wednesday, 06 December 2023 08:51 PM

    Make any sort of begging illegal. If they have no place to go, establish communal accommodation and cooking facilities supervised by the department of social services. Well wishers and donors too can get involved in eradication of begging in our Buddha land.

    We have had a begging mentality since Adam and Madam Thursday, 07 December 2023 05:24 AM

    It’s a delicate balance between men and women. Men are begging at a corporate level from other countries so women need to reflect what our men are doing.

    Kamal Thursday, 07 December 2023 08:44 AM

    Well it is commonly believed that many of the beggers on the streets are the pawns in the mega business operated by the beggar mafia mudalali's. The actual beggers get but a fraction of the monies collected.

    Seqi Thursday, 07 December 2023 09:49 AM

    This is because both parents need to work to support their families and politicians.

    Nimal Thursday, 07 December 2023 12:20 PM

    also some in parliment

    Citizens Thursday, 07 December 2023 01:40 PM

    As a country we have become beggars thanks to the rich who robbed our wealth.

    Amaran Thursday, 07 December 2023 01:41 PM

    You all are telling the problem and issues again and again that we all know. Tell the solution.

    Panduka Jayawardena Friday, 08 December 2023 09:31 AM

    Road side begging in urban / semi urban areas is a deep rooted socio economic issue which some undesirable anti social elements are exploiting helpless men and women to their own advantage. Encouraged to learn that a Parliamentary Committee headed by a dynamic and visionary national leadership has come forward to find a durable solution unlike in the past.

    Ron Friday, 08 December 2023 10:50 AM

    Majority men and women beggars are have no issues with health they have legs arms eye's etc..but don't want to work they prefer the easy going some even walks 20 to 30 km begging in hot sun walking up and down sadly this fellows teaching even the own kids to beg.....


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