Srinagar gets beggar homes

SRINAGAR: In a first of its kind initiative, the Srinagar administration has established beggar homes at Pantha Chowk and Brein Nishat.

The buildings have been identified at these two locations and will be equipped with all basic facilities.

Line departments including Social Welfare, Health, SDA, SMC, ICPS, PHE, PDD, FCSCA and District Red Cross have been directed to ensure immediate and sustained provision of basic facilities at these homes.

An inter-departmental committee headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar K K Sidha is overseeing arrangements and coordination with the departments.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, who has issued orders for strict implementation of the J&K Prevention of Beggary Act 1960 in the district, said the establishment of these shelter homes is aimed at facilitating efforts of the district administration at preventing begging which has seen a monumental increase causing great deal of public nuisance.

He said the district administration will bear the expenditure incurred on operation of these shelter homes.

“A team of officials from different departments has been constituted for identification of the destitute and those begging for alms for sustenance and shifting them to the said composite shelter homes,” he added.

To manage and monitor the affairs of these homes, a nodal officer for each one of the two has been designated including Tehsildar Pantha Chowk for the one at Panthachowk and Social Welfare Officer Srinagar (Tehsil South) for that at Brene Nishat.