Dec 20, 2017

Begging in Colombo banned from January

Action will be taken from January 01 regarding those engaged in begging within the Colombo city, said Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.

He said this during a media briefing held at the Colombo Municipal Council yesterday (19).

He said all beggars should meet the Charity Commissioner of the CMC before the end of December and thereafter they would be rehabilitated.

Based on Court advice, these beggars would be taken to the rehabilitation centre in Rideegama in Ambalantota, where they would receive vocational and social training, the minister further added.