Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The tribe of beggars in the country in general and Mumbai in particular is on the rise and this is a matter of grave concern. Begging has become an lucrative profession and people engaged in it even earn more than graduates or MBA's. Some even own flats in Mumbai where property prices are the costliest in the world but still beg as it has become a lucrative business. Begging in the country should be banned and those asking for alms should be put behind bars. Government should employ people without jobs in their welfare program.
Citizens too should not give alms in monetary terms to those people who can work but prefer to beg. We encourage them to beg by giving them money, the better option would be to pay them by making them work through which they can become independent and earn a livelihood.
We have another class of 'elite' beggars in our country like many industrialists who have robbed banks of huge wealth which have now become bad loans or NPA's which would ultimately be made good by honest tax payers' money. They too need to be penalised by law so that our country is free of this beggar menace which is a taboo to our country's growth and progress.
— S.N. Kabra, Goregaon