After facing allegations of rounding up beggars during the Commonwealth Games, the Delhi government is now drafting a new legislation to facilitate various welfare measures including rehabilitation, shelter and even vocational training to them.
The government is also in the process of creating a detailed database of beggars to finalise allocation of funds for various welfare schemes for them.
"We are drafting a new legislation to deal with the problem of beggary in a humane manner," a top official of the Delhi government said.
He said the government was also considering setting up schools across the city for child beggars. According to an estimate by the social welfare department, there are around 60,000 beggars in Delhi. Of them, 30 % are minors, 69.94 % are males and 30.06 % are females.
Human rights activists and NGOs have been blaming the Delhi government for forcing hundreds of beggars to leave the city or remain invisible during the course of the Commonwealth Games. However, government had denied these charges.
"Under the proposed legislation, government will provide the beggars with a rehabilitation package. The legislation is being drafted to ensure their welfare and discourage them from beggary," the official said.
Aiming to rid the city of beggars ahead of the Games, the government had set up several mobile courts and a control room assisted by police to prosecute the beggars.