The State Prisons department has already set up a control room for the purpose.

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news Government Monday, November 13, 2017 - 09:05

In a bid to make the city ‘beggar-free’ ahead of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be held in Hyderabad, the Telangana government has rolled out a new scheme. From December 1, the government will reward citizens with Rs 500 for information on those who are homeless and living on the streets, reported The Times of India.

According to the report, a control room is also being set up for this purpose, which is already partially functioning. As per the report, the GHMC and State Institute of Correctional Administration will work together to weed out the homeless.

Telangana Director-General (Prisons) told TOI that in their drive to make Hyderabad ‘beggar-free’ they have already shifted many homeless people to government shelters. He said, "After we clear all beggars from the city roads, we will start rewarding public who inform about their presence from December 1. The reward is to make public stakeholders in this effort to implement the Telangana Prevention of Begging Act. For information leading to spotting a beggar, we will pay Rs. 500."

The crackdown on the homeless began on October 20, ahead on Ivanka Trump’s to the city. Those found on the streets are being shifted to Anand Aashram near the Chanchalguda prison and Cherlapally prison.

Meanwhile, the Telangana Prisons and Correctional Services officials have released 111 men, 91 women and 10 children who were homeless from Chanchalguda and Cherlapally, after taking an undertaking, their fingerprints and photos.

According to the undertaking, the homeless, if caught again begging in the city, would be arrested under Prevention of Begging Act 1977 with an imprisonment ranging from six months to five years.

Earlier, a notification issued by the then city police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy said that the ban on begging would be only for a period of two-months. However, the latest move shows that the ban will extend and continue to remain even after the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit scheduled from November 28.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the President of the United States of America, is likely to participate in the Summit, which will be held in Hyderabad.

 

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