The Sindh cabinet has imposed a formal ban on child beggary and has ordered the child welfare department to take them off streets and rehabilitate them in government welfare centres.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presided the cabinet meeting at the Sindh Secretariat on Tuesday. All the ministers attended the meeting and special invitations were also given to advisors and special assistants of CM.
Mumtaz Shah, Sindh Chief Secretary, conducted the meeting. Numerous issues were discussed during it. The meeting expressed grieved over the death of two minor boys due to consumption of stale food from Karachi restaurant. CM directed the Chief Secretary to strengthen the food authority.
Murtaza Wahab, CM Advisor on Law and Information, presented findings of his committee about the prevailing issue of beggary in the province. The report said that there are enough laws to deal with the situation but implementation needs to be improved.
The committee also stressed that the begging mafia uses children to gain sympathies of people, which is a clear violation of Section 49 of Sindh Child Act 1955. The Sindh Child Protection Authority Act 2011 further promised to protect the rights of children in this regard.
Shah and the cabinet collectively decided to ban child begging across the province. He directed Social Welfare to launch a special campaign against child beggary in Sindh. He further ordered police to help the Social Welfare Department in the case, round up the child beggars and send them to Sweet Home and Street Children Centre, Korangi, where they will be provided all the necessities, food and shelter.
“I want to provide them with shelter, food, sports activities and education so that they could be made useful citizens of the country” – Shah said.
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