JHENIDAH, Oct 18: Committed to make Jhenidah beggar-free, the district administration here is working relentlessly on enlisting beggars and making the database already done.
The number of beggars in the six upazilas and six municipalities of the district stood at 2822, according to the deputy commissioner's office sources.
As per the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to reduce poverty from across the country, divisional commissioner of Khulna Md. Abdus Samad has chalked out extensive programmes to make ten districts under the division beggar-free.
The divisional commissioner sent an organising structure to Jhenidah district administration to form two committees to raise a substantial fund making the initiative a success.
Additional deputy commissioner (general), Jhenidah Abdur Rouf Mondal told this correspondent that a 30-member executive committee had already been formed.
A 151-member general committee comprising of people from all walks of life, including members of civil society, NGO representatives and journalists will be formed this week, he added.
Now work of grouping the beggars according to their age, health, sex and ability to work is going on.
The beggars who are teachable will be pertained training, and employment opportunities will be made available for them.
Where necessary, government loan will also be provided making them able to earn their own bread. And those who are utterly helpless will be brought under the social safety net programmes of the government.
The district administration sent letters to the head offices of different concerned departments such as social welfare urging them to increase allotments to make the programme of beggar-free easy.
The officers and employees under the district administration will have to make contribution of their one day's salary to the fund kept in a bank account.
The fund will gradually get expanded receiving donations from the richer sections of the society.
The district administration has had several meetings finding ways out to make a big fund to see the daunting task of making the district beggar-free soon.
Meanwhile, some of the beggars have already got houses made of relief tin under Maheshpur upazila as part of the rehabilitation programme for beggars.
The district administration of Jhenidah seeks co-operation of people from all walks of life and wants them to participate in spreading positive outlook regarding removal of begging, a cursed vocation, from the society.