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Tam Ky looks to move beggars off the streets

Update: February, 13/2014 - 09:42
Tam Ky City.— Photo wikimapia.org

QUANG NAM (VNS)— Central Quang Nam Province's Tam Ky City is taking action to turn the city into a beggar and homeless person free zone in its plan for this year.

Pham Thi My Nuong, from the provincial Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said that the move aimed to build Tam Ky to be a civilised city and stop the situation of beggars hassling local residents and visitors at public areas such as bus stations or restaurants.

The situation was said to appear in the city a couple times of year, she said.

To easily take care of beggars and homeless people and create more favourable conditions for the underprivileged people in the city so that they are able to access better care and education, the city has classified them into groups, noted Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Tam Ky City Bui Ngoc Anh.

Under the plan, the authorities of the communes and wards will take the responsibility of managing beggars who have permanent residence registration cards.

Beggars who come from other provinces will be sent back to their hometowns.

Homeless children whose hometowns are not known will be sent to the Quang Nam Orphan Centre in Phu Ninh District. Homeless elderly persons with unidentified hometowns will be sent to the Quang Nam Social Centre and the Hoa Binh Village.

Also, the Quang Nam Psychiatric Hospital will provide treatment for homeless people with mental problems.

A social working team, with 31 members, has been established to co-operate with local authorised agencies to disseminate information at bus stations, markets, restaurants and public places to make the city's policy a reality.

Nguyen Thuan, from the Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Office of the city People's Committee, said that the programme was built after references were made based on a successful model of Da Nang City – a nearby province of Quang Nam.

However, Tam Ky City had its own characteristics, so, we also ran the programme in our ways, he said.

"We did not set up a hotline to receive complaints, we provided mobile phone numbers of members from the social work team, who was in charge in bus stations or restaurants," he added.

The city failed to provide the number of beggars and homeless persons to Viet Nam News, however, according to Nguoi Dua Tin (Courier) online newspaper, hundreds of beggars and homeless people, including children, were found in the city each year.

Da Nang was the first locality of the country to successfully run the programme to control the situation when beggars and street vendors hassle visitors. — VNS

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