The Railway Department said that a programme is being launched from today to remove beggars from railway stations and train compartments.
Earlier too beggars were removed under this programme. Planning Director of Railways Wijaya Samarasinghe said that begging in train compartments, railway stations and premises is banned from today. He said that this measure has been adopted in view of the inconvenience caused to the commuters. He said that certain beggars are reported to be providing information to pickpockets causing much difficulty to people. He said that assistance will be sought from the security forces whenever required.