The Beggars’ Rehabilitation Centre in Jyothinagar, opened decades ago in a magnanimous gesture by the government, now lies in a shambles with fewer staff forced to take care of swelling number of inmates, with a perennial problem of fund crunch, having no special allocation by the government.

Now the silver lining to the problem is that MUDA has taken up renovating the centre and provide good infrastructure.

Speaking to SOM today, Centre Superintendent C.B. Gokak said, “The centre comes under Department of Social Welfare and right now, houses 181 beggars (all male) in the age group of 40 to 85 years, most of whom are in poor physical and mental health, needing constant care.”

Including the Superintendent, the centre has seven employees as against the government allocation of 15 employees. The beggars are picked up from Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu districts and rehabilitated at the Centre.

Poor infrastructure

Gokak pointed out that the existing infrastructure at the Centre was inadequate to handle 181 inmates, which would possibly improve after the building gets renovated.

Gokak said the only resource for funds was the beggar cess collected by City Corporation through taxes and no special allocation was provided by the government for the Centre.

He further said that the lone Matador vehicle provided to the centre was in poor condition.

With the Deputy Commissioner seeking to make the city beggar-free and assuring to improve the rehab centre, there seems to be some light seen at the end of the tunnel.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore