Having failed to keep the child beggary under check, the UT administration is now working out modalities to use social networking sites for creating awareness against the menace.
The administration in August this year had announced that the city will be made free of child beggary by October 2 but to no avail. Child beggars can be seen moving in markets and at traffic light points asking for alms. They can be predominantly seen in Sector 15, 17, 20, 22, 34 and southern sector markets.
The administration had also decided that action would be taken against parents if they send their child for begging. The decision was taken after a survey in June that highlighted that there were around 1,200 child beggars in the city. The UT administration had got survey conducted with the help of Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
SDM, east, Danish Ashraf said the administration is serious about checking the menace. “The administration had also started a drive to check child beggary in August. The UT social welfare department and the police department had also sent some children to Snehalaya,”he said.
The administration had planned to pick the begging children for shifting them to Snehalaya but during one such drive in August, the parents of the children in question had raised voice against the administration for rounding up their children. The administration has appealed the residents to stop giving alms to beggars to discourage them.
Ashraf added that the administration was considering carrying out fresh drives to round up the beggars by the month end. He further highlighted that they are also thinking of coming up with a Chandigarh page on Facebook creating awareness among residents not to encourage beggary.