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RAJAHMUNDRY: The Andhra Pradesh government has come up with a novel scheme to keep beggars away from the crowded ghats where Godavari Pushkaralu is now being held — they've been told to take home Rs 5,000 as compensation for loss of income and steer clear of the once-in-144-year event.
The administration announced the scheme along with the promise of free food on condition that the beggars keep off the Mahakumbh of the south till July 25. But, a new problem confronts the Godavari Pushkaram Organising Committee (GPOC): hordes of people, and not all of them beggars, are queuing up for reparation.
According to rules of the government initiative, only beggars without ration cards and access to welfare schemes like the NTR Bharosa pension scheme are eligible to the largesse.