Hyderabad's 'spot a beggar, pocket Rs 500' scheme a success

Updated: Jan 18, 2018, 14:18 IST | Agencies

Three months ago, the Telangana Prisons Department has announced that "if you spot a beggar in the city and inform officials, you can pocket Rs 500"

The scheme was launched on October 28 last year. File Pic/ AFP
The scheme was launched on October 28 last year. File Pic/ AFP

Three months ago, the Telangana Prisons Department has announced that "if you spot a beggar in the city and inform officials, you can pocket Rs 500". The scheme, it has been revealed now, has been a major success as the authorities from have picked up 2,000 beggars across the city since November.

Till now eight people have claimed the cash prize after reporting beggars on the streets and handing them over to the concerned government department.

Telangana Prisons Department, Inspector General A Narsimha said, "We started a home for the beggars on October 28, 2017. Two structures were made – one to confine male beggars in Chanchalguda and the other at Charlapalli for female beggars."

The IG added, "Within a span of three months we have picked up 2,000 beggars from various places. Out of them, 1,500 are male and 500 female. Many have also been released to their homes after further intervention and investigation. Only after stern warning these beggars are being sent home, but if we see them again on the streets, they would be put in jail and a case would be registered."

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