Devise concrete anti-begging plan, Court to Delhi government

NEW DELHI - The Delhi High Court Monday asked the Delhi government to submit a concrete anti-begging plan to rid the capital of beggars.

Justice B.D. Ahmed asked the Delhi government’s social welfare department to reveal its anti-begging plan by the next date of hearing.

In reply, Delhi government’s counsel Mukta Gupta informed the court that the Lieutenant Governor has already sanctioned two mobile courts to book beggars and the courts will start functioning at the earliest.

‘The Lieutenant Governor has approved the setting up of the courts with a special metropolitan magistrate, a stenographer and a probationary officer,’ Gupta said.

Gupta also said the social welfare department has invited tenders for hiring 13 vehicles for anti-begging operations in Delhi.

The national capital till date depends on a borrowed 50-year-old law - the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, 1959 - to deal with beggars.


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