Puri: The district administration has decided to rehabilitate the beggars now squatting in various places in the pilgrim town of Puri by providing them shelter. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting chaired by Collector Balwant Singh on Sunday.
As per the decision, the beggars would be provided shelter in special houses called ‘Niladri Nilaya’. As many as eight shelter homes, each having an accommodation capacity of 50, would be constructed in the town.
Identification and shifting of the beggars would be carried out by Social Welfare Officers with the help of NGOs. The beggars would be provided food, clothes and other basic amenities free of cost at the shelter homes.
Besides, families of the beggars would be contacted if they can be sent back home. Funds for the purpose would be allocated under the ‘Praful’ scheme of the State Government.