Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the festive season, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to make the city beggars-free. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the civic body chaired by its commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange.
Under this new initiative, beggars will no longer be allowed to seek alms along roadsides or near temples in Bhubaneswar. To enforce this, three dedicated squads have been formed. If a beggar is found begging on the streets, the squads will take him/ her away.
These squads will conduct regular patrols in their respective areas of jurisdiction, ensuring that begging activities are not taking place near places of worship during festivals.
The beggars will be housed in five rehabilitation centers managed by the BMC. These centers are located at Rang Bazar, Andharua, PWD Colony, Dakkua, and Niladri Vihar. Each of these centers can accommodate up to 100 beggars.
Furthermore, in some instances, beggars have been reunited with their families after discussions with their relatives. The BMC has sternly warned that any family found sending a previously abandoned member back to beg will face strict consequences.