A programme is being launched to rehabilitate beggars in Colombo.
The Social Services Ministry has mooted the programme with the support of the public sector and voluntary organizations. A census will be carried out on beggars in Colombo to gather information. Thereafter they will be directed to Rehabilitation Centres to be provided vocational training. The programme also focuses attention on educating the children of beggar families. The Ministry of Social Services said their aim is to reintegrate the beggars into society as productive persons.