Sunday, March 21, 2010

Zero tolerance for Begging in the City

The Delhi Government is gearing up to deal with the problem of beggary in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games. While 12 points have been identified as zero tolerance zones, three mobile vans have been added to increase prosecutions and mobile courts are on the job.

The problem of begging came up for discussion during the question hour of the Delhi assembly on Friday. Social welfare minister Mangat Ram singhal informed that the drive to prosecute beggars had been on since October.

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit stressed the need to replace the Bombay Beggary Act. She revealed that the Centre is working on legislation on the issue of beggary for the entire country. But if that takes long, the state government may frame its own law to replace the archaic provisions of the Act.