KATHMANDU, April 4: The Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has announced the Pashupati area as free of beggars on Tuesday.
The decision was taken in coordination with the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation, Kathmandu Metropolitan City and various other organizations.
PADT declared the Pashupati area a no-begging zone after rehabilitating beggars. The officials said that some people who resorted to begging for easy money ran away from the area when they knew that they were being rehabilitated to foster homes or being given some work in the area. Among them, many were genuine beggars, whereas a few were frauds who used to beg on the premises of the temple impersonating themselves as handicapped or diseased persons.
According to a study, 182 people were based in the Pashupati main temple premises making ends meet by begging. In collaboration with the Manav Sewa Ashram, so far 80 beggars have already been rehabilitated in Gongobu and Budhanilakantha Ashram, according to the PADT.