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Plan taken to reduce begging, official

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Plan taken to reduce begging, official
 KABUL: The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has said that it was working on a plan to at least reduce begging, as effort to end the number requires long term.
Spokesman for the ministry, Fattah Ahmadzai in an exclusive interview with The Kabul Times said the ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has provided a draft in four categories and sent to the presidential office to collect beggars around the capital and prevent increase of begging level in the city, with over six million population.
“Putting an end to the infamous act of begging, however is impossible, but a comprehensive plan to at least diminish the level of begging has been shared with the presidential cultural center,” said Ahmadzai hoping the draft could get legal process through the presidential approval.
Poverty produced by continued war in Afghanistan is the main reason behind growing begging level, while in Asian, American or African peaceful nations, there are few destitute people appearing on the streets to ask for money.
As a hardworking and competent organ, the ministry of labor and social affairs has set the plan, but unfortunately the process is time consuming. “If confirmed by the presidential office, the plan would be implemented. No other problem will face the draft to follow its legal process.”
The spokesman said the ministry has provided the draft in four categories, based on the variety of the beggars: First those poor individuals have no other way to support their families without begging, the second nomadic ones change their locations under seasonal change, the third, professional beggars with no need to do this, and the fourth, mafia affiliated beggars (the number of whom reached to nil.)
However the fourth one has been fully eliminated in cooperation with the security and intelligence organs, said Ahmadzai.
 “Fortunately, the fourth category is not available right now.”
The three reaming classes are said to be classified and taken to a specific location considered to be trained various helpful crafts, based on their interest, by the ministry, said the spokesman adding they will additionally receive some allowances.
To a query, if the ministry has gained an exact number of the beggars, he went on as saying the ministry has not still allocated extra budget to access a specific figure of the entire beggars, but the fourth class with few number, reported to be linked with mafia groups has now been completely collected from across the city. 
“We try to implement the plan on the begging children, the number of which reaching to more than 1.9 million in the city, where they engaged in hard work. 
Their households would be provided with work programs, but about the elder ones, we are waiting for the draft approval by the presidential cultural office,” the ministry’s spokesman observed.
Children with no shelter or losing their parents and other caretakers are provided with about 64 countrywide kindergartens, with all European standards – some now operational in Balkh and Kabul and another 2-zonal one is expected to be constructed later, while work on another is underway in southern province of Kandahar, the spokesman concluded.
Shukria Kohistani

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