NGOs express willingness to cooperate with civic body
CHENNAI: Chennai Corporation has set June 5 as the deadline for people to stop using children for begging in the city.
Speaking at a consultative meeting organised with NGOs in Chennai for mobilising support for the civic body's proposal to ban begging, Mayor Subramanian said “Beggars will not be allowed to suffer on the streets. Those forced to become beggars will receive help from the Corporation with the support of NGOs and other government departments. The Corporation will focus on rehabilitating women carrying babies with them for begging. ”
If women are found carrying children for begging, the civic body would take in and rehabilitate them, he said.
Representatives of NGOs and government departments voiced their willingness on cooperating with the civic body in the initiative.
Durai Rajan, a representative of a non governmental organisation, said that their organisation was ready to accommodate women aged 18 to 35 as part of the rehabilitation programme.
Deputy Director of Central Social Welfare Board S. Kumara Prasad said that options such as using the five short stay homes in the city for the purpose of rehabilitation of beggars would be available to support the civic body's programme. Rehabilitation of persons with disability, elders, women and children who are beggars would be taken up by the civic body, said Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni.