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Keeping beggars off our streets

All cities in the world have beggars. No matter how high a city’s incomes, how steep its taxation and how adequate its welfare system, every city has some unfortunates who
20 Jul 2014 08:14

All cities in the world have beggars.
No matter how high a city’s incomes, how steep its taxation and how adequate its welfare system, every city has some unfortunates who resort to begging.
Here in Fiji the number of street beggars, including children, is now a growing concern. In response to this the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation has formed a taskforce that is mapping out strategies to address the issues of street beggars and children seen begging.
This is really a positive move especially when beggars paint a very bad image on the Citiy of Suva, which is becoming a tourist popular destination. The ministry’s real concern is that children are being used to beg for money on the streets.
Now they have roped in the Fiji Police Force and the Commissioner of Police to find ways to look at this issue and to also strengthen the partnership with Fiji Police to stop child begging.
They are also working closely with the Ministry of Health, as from the profiling exercise they saw that most of the beggars were mentally challenged and some were homeless.
The ministry wants all beggars removed from the streets ad it has a zero tolerance on begging. Can this be done? Well nothing is impossible.
As the ministry responsible for the welfare of the underprivileged children, they will see to it that children who are seen to be at risk from for begging be taken into their care. The Child Services Unit within the ministry is working closely with the Residential Homes to ensure that underprivileged children are given proper care into the institutions. The institutions are financially supported by the Government and operated with standard operating procedures.
We thank the ministry for its approach to remove beggars especially the children from the streets.
Maika Bolatiki
Feedback: maikab@fijisun.com.fj




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