'Beggars rehab centres in all 28 dists'

Central Relief Committee State President K A Ramlingappa is interacting with the inmates of Destitute Rehabilitation Centre at Pacchanady.

Speaking to presspersons after visiting Destitute Rehabilitation Centre at Pacchanady in Mangalore on Sunday, he said at present the centres are in 14 districts in the State. “We have already written letter to the Deputy Commissioners to earmark land for the Centre. Once the land is identified, the Committee can set up building and appoint the staff for the Centre.”

Beggary cess

Stating that the beggars rehabilitation centres do not get any funds from the central government or state government, he said local governments including gram panchayats, city corporation, zilla panchayats, TMCs and CMCs collect three per cent of the property tax as beggary cess. The local governments have to remit the amount collected as beggary cess to the Central Relief Committee for the right utilisation of the amount collected. In Dakshina Kannada, Mangalore City Corporation has remitted Rs 40 lakh to the CRC.

However, the GPs, ZP, TPs, TMCs are yet to remit the fund. However, we have already written letter to the concerned to remit the amount. The Committee already has about Rs 50 crore and about Rs 25 crore are yet to be recovered from the local bodies.
He said if the authorities had used the beggary cess collected for the development works, then it will be recovered by the committee.  

Posts to be filled

The beggars rehabilitation centres in the state have 230 sanctioned posts. Of which, only 107 are filled. The remaining 123 posts are lying vacant. The CRC has decided to fill the vacancies. In Mangalore, the sanctioned vacancy is 11. Of which five staff have already been outsourced.

He said according to law, begging is an offence. Those who instigate begging is also committing a crime. The beggars who are caught are kept for a minimum of one to three years in rehab centres, he added.

Rehabilitation

Ramlingappa said the CRC is planning to start rehabilitation for the inmates of the beggars rehabilitation centres. Those who are in good condition may be taught to prepare office files. The CRC will take legal action against those who forcibly make their parents or relatives to beg, he warned. He went around the Centre and asked the inmates whether they are being looked after well or are given food on time, to which the inmates replied positively.

About centre

Destitute Rehabilitation Centre at Pacchanady has 89 inmates, of which 68 are male and 21 are female. The KMC doctors visit the centre on every second and fourth Wednesday to treat the inmates. Those who are ill are given treatment at the Wenlock and KMC.

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