As part of a drive to make the State capital city a beggar-free zone, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned distribution of foods and clothes to homeless persons at roadsides under its jurisdiction. As per the decision, nobody can offer free foods and clothes to the poor and homeless at roadsides without permission from the civic body.
Individuals and organisations may distribute free foods and clothes to destitute to the people at shelter homes managed by the BMC after taking permission from it, the BMC said in a notification.
In violation of the order, legal action would be taken against the individuals or organisations, the BMC warned.The civic body clarified that the poor people living at roadsides hesitate to shift to the shelter homes due to free distribution of foods and clothes by some organisations. It results in failure to make the city beggar-free. However, Bhubaneswar BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi assured hungry and poor people spending nights at roadsides that they would avail food under her Annapurna scheme.“Annapurna Yojana is not free. The foods will be provided at Re 1 under the scheme. As the scheme does not come under the BMC’s restriction, the initiative will continue,” Sarangi said reacting to the BMC notification.
The Annapurna scheme was launched by Sarangi on January 7 with an aim at making Bhubaneswar as a hunger-free city. It had started in the State capital as a pilot project in December last year. Under the programme, the cooked foods are distributed among hungry people every day.