The district administration has decided to take the help of Sant Samaj — the entire community of religious leaders — to keep a check on the increasing number of beggars in the city. In this regard, a meeting was organised under the guidance of deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal on Thursday.
The DC appealed to the “sant samaj” to come forward to create awareness among people who give alms to beggars. He said that giving alms was a crime. He also asked the city industrialists to support the administration in creating jobs for beggars.
The district administration has already announced to reduce the gathering for “langars” outside the city temples and gurdwaras and has directed the temple and gurdwara authorities to organise “langars” at open places instead of on the roads.
The DC said he had directed police to form an anti-begging squad that will keep a check on beggars and would help the administration to take these beggars to the shelter home in Haibowal.
“Police will be deployed outside temples and gurdwaras so that no one could beg there. If any outsider beggar wants to return to his/her home, the district administration would arrange a ticket for him/her.”