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Take back your beggars, Delhi writes to States

J. Venkatesan

New Delhi: The Delhi Government on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it had asked ten States to take back their beggars who had migrated to the Capital and rehabilitate them in their native places.

In an affidavit filed before a Bench of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice K. S. Radhakrishan, the Delhi Government said it had “approached and persuaded different States for coordinating the efforts related to institutional care and rehabilitation of beggars belonging to various States”.

Additional Solicitor-General Mohan Parasaran, appearing for Delhi, submitted before the Bench that a comprehensive affidavit had been filed explaining the various steps taken by the Government.

The Bench posted the public interest petition filed by Karnika Sawhney for further hearing on July 20.

The affidavit said “letters have been issued to Chief Secretaries as well as Directors of Departments of Social Welfare of ten States to cooperate and coordinate in repatriation and rehabilitation of beggars to their native States”.

It said the Delhi Government had taken steps to intensify the rounding up of beggars and 13 anti-begging squads/teams had been formed to catch beggars at different places.

The Government has identified a few “zero tolerance” zones.

It said a total of 7,450 beggars had been rounded up in three years since 2007.

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