Nashik: Police picked up 164 beggars, including women and children, from across the city and sent them to different rehabilitation centers.
Nashik Police Commissioner Ravinder Kumar Singal told this to reporters here yesterday.
“After the court order, the police swung into action and picked up 164 beggars from different locations across the city. They were taken to the police headquarters,” he added.
The beggars were given new clothes and food and were later produced in the court. Thereafter, they were sent to different rehab centers located in Pune, Ahmednagar, Manmad, and Nashik, Singal said. Children were sent to remand homes, he said.
The district committee on child welfare has roped in an NGO to help achieve a beggar-free status in Nashik. The primary plans include a shelter for children rescued from begging, and the committee has asked NGO Forum to respond by presenting a study on the ways in which shelter could be provided for such children.
“The number of child-beggars in the city is on the rise and as a responsible citizen and administration, we need to take measures to ensure that the childhood is not lost. We have therefore asked NGO Forum to come up with a solution for the situation. They said they are eager to manage a shelter home that will be raised by the administration and we are thinking about it,” said, Kanhuraj Bagate, additional collector, Nashik district.