In order to curb the menace of begging in the district, the Deputy Commissioner Mr Varinder Kumar Sharma has ordered to constitute a special squad for nabbing the beggars to wipe out this curse from the district.
A decision to this effect was taken by Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Mr. Varinder Kumar Sharma, during a meeting here at the district administrative complex.
Expressing deep concern over the prevalent practice of beggary, especially amongst the children, in the district, he said that it was creating a lot of nuisance in the district so strict action must be taken against the people involved in beggary besides making concerted efforts to insure their rehabilitation.
It was further decided in the meeting that the squad comprising of officers from the Police and civil administration would nab the people involved in begging and take action against them as per the provisions of law.
It was decided as per Juvenile Rehabilitation Act, the children involved in this menace would be sent to welfare homes/ detention homes/ special homes for the rehabilitation.
Likewise, it was decided twin strategy of prevention and rehabilitation would be adopted for the other beggars to shun this curse. It was apprised in the meeting that habitual beggars could be imprisoned for three years if was found guilty of begging again and again.
It was informed that any person forcing a child for begging could be sentenced to five years of imprisonment.
He said that all out efforts would be made to wipe out this curse from Jalandhar.
On the occasion, ADC (D) Mr Kulwant Singh, ADC (G) Mr Jasbir Singh, Assistant Commissioner Mr Warjeet Walia, District Program Officer Mr Amarjeet Singh Bhullar and others were present.