Officials removing beggars


Ironically, Bangladesh officials are rousting beggars from the streets of Dhaka as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation meeting comes to town. Ironic, because the association's mission is to provide "a platform for the peoples of South Asia to work together in a spirit of friendship, trust and understanding. It aims to promote the welfare of the peoples of South Asia and to improve their quality of life through accelerated economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region." According to Adda:

    Dhaka city has become off limit to beggars as they may cause embarrassment and security concern in front of the foreign dignitaries. Police force has actively worked to apprehend most beggars that range from 27,000 to 100,000. Their presence in the capital city will definitely undermine the SAARC agenda for poverty alleviation in South Asian countries!!!

Kind of reminds me of a U.S. city that I read did a serious campaign to clean up the homeless around its convention center when a meetings industry conference came to town...

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