Ahead of Ivanka Trump’s visit to Hyderabad to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the city Police has launched a massive drive to remove beggars from the streets.
Hundreds of foreign delegates are expected to attend the summit to be held at Hitec City from November 28 to 30, and the Telangana Government is keen on ensuring that no beggars are seen around, reports The Indian Express.
On Wednesday, nearly 400 beggars were taken away from Goshamahal area and lodged at the rehabilitation centre at Chanchalguda Jail.
“As per instructions of Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy to make the city beggar-free, we have shifted those in our area to rehabilitation centre,” said Goshamahal ACP Narender Reddy.
“Some beggars argued that we were taking their freedom to live anywhere they want but we told them it was for their own good because they are going to the rehab centre where they will be taken care of,” an official said.
About 6,000 beggars in the city would be shifted to rehab centres and shelters for homeless.
Hyderabad Police had conducted a similar operation when Bill Clinton visited in 2000.
Officials said US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka may do some sightseeing. She will also interact with entrepreneurs.
The five-day World Telugu Conference is also going to be held from December 15 which would be attended by hundreds of NRIs.