Hyderabad: In an attempt to further shame the beggars, the Telangana Prisons Department has started rewarding Rs 500 to citizens for spotting beggars on roads. And they already have a person to make the payment: Saikrishna from Kacheguda area of Hyderabad.
"Anybody who spots a beggar on the streets and gives information about him to the authorities, would get a reward of Rs 500," said VK Singh, DG, Telangana Prison Department.
Saikrishna had given information about beggars near Venkatramana theatre in Kacheguda area. Upon receiving the information, the authorities relocated six beggars from that location to special rehabilitation homes.
According to Prisons department, so far 741 male beggars and 341 female beggars have been rescued.
"Apart from rehabilitation, the department is also giving skills training and employment to the rescued beggars according to their qualifications," VK Singh added.
Earlier, two well qualified beggars were given jobs by the Prisons Department after they were rescued. One, who was Commerce graduate, was hired as computer operator. The other, who was a therapist, was employed in Ayurvedic hospital run by the department.