The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Campaign to round up street beggars started in Balkh

Officials in Balkh have informed that they have begun a campaign to round up street beggars and miserable people begging for money in Mazare- Sharif, the provincial capital, and other parts of the northern Balkh province. The officials said that the beggars will be provided with 2,000 AFG per month after they are registered and go for the biometrical process. “If they are really poor and vulnerable, we will provide them with 2,000 AFG per month,” said Noor-ul-Huda Abu Idris, the deputy governor of Balkh. Meanwhile, head of the commission tasked for rounding up street beggars said that there could be fake street beggars and there might be real beggars begging for money and food. “We will distinguish the real from fake beggars as it’s the responsibility of the commission that has been tasked to round up street beggars,” said Faizullah Faizi, head of the commission tasked for rounding up beggars. Previously, similar complaints had been launched in Herat to round up street beggars from different parts of the provincial capital. Based on Herat local authorities, bank accounts have been created for the beggars for whom 2,000 Afghanis are given monthly to feed their children. Local authorities have said they opened a bank account and transfer money to them and now each beggar can get their monthly allowance from the bank. In the western zone, the process of identifying and registering 600 beggars in Farah, Badghis, Ghor and Nimroz has been recently started and completed. Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) officials are stressing that those who are really deserving will be first identified. As part of recent campaign in the country’s western zone, 130 beggars from Herat City have been collected and included in the sustainable support program of the Afghan Red Crescent Society, and this number is expected to reach over 500 in the future. It is worth mentioning that the rounding up process of beggars have been launched and conducted in many provinces of the country, including the capital city, Kabul. In Kabul, the capital, as many as 24,276 beggars have been rounded up since August last year. The beggars’ collection process began on the 13th of August, 2022. The office of the Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs has recently said the collected individuals included 2947 male beggars. Of them 1072 were deserving and 1,875 were habitual beggars. The rounded-up beggars also included 1,602 women and of them, 4,988 deserved assistance while 6,614 were professional beggars. Among the collected beggars, 9,727 were children and 3,637 of them deserved assistance, 6,022 others were habitual and 68 children were without guardians. Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.