The Ward No-25 of Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) on Friday was declared beggar-free by the district administration after rehabilitating all 30 beggars of the ward through creation of alternative employments.
Deputy Commissioner Enamul Habib declared the ward beggar-free in a function held on the Social Economic Centre premises in Indrar Mour area of Ward No-25 on Thursday afternoon as the chief guest.
The district administration and Department of Social Services (DSS) jointly organised the function under auspices of Bangladesh Jatiya Samaj Kalyan Parishad (BJSKP) of the Ministry of Social Welfare.
The beggars were rehabilitated under the ‘Rehabilitation and Creation of Alternative Employment for People Engaged in Begging Programme’ being implemented by the government through the DSS and Cooperative Office with BJSKP assistance. With Deputy Director of the DSS Abdur Razzaque in the chair, Deputy Director (Local Government) Ruhul Amin Mian attended the function as the special guest.
City Councilor (Ward No-25) Nurunnabi Fulu, District Cooperative Officer Tauhiduzzaman Khondker and General Secretary of
District Women Sports Association China Chowdhury addressed the occasion. Eleven auto rickshaws bought at the cost of Taka 4.50 lakh with BJSKP assistance were distributed among the 30 beggars of Ward No-25 through acooperative society
formed involving them for their
rehabilitation through alternative employments. The chief guest said the government is implementing comprehensive social safety net programmes, including Rehabilitation and Creation of Alternative Employment for People Engaged in Begging, to free the country from poverty for attaining SDGs.
He called upon the supervising authorities, including the DSS, District Cooperative Office and Rangpur City Corporation, for successful implementation of the programme to make the beggars self-reliant through income generations.