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MoI ‘vows’ to curb begging, ‘long fast this year’
June 17, 2015, 8:57 am

Ministry of Interior has made long term plans to curb the negative trend of begging in Ramadan or any other month, seeing that some individuals exploit the religious atmosphere to beg for alms during the Holy Month.

In response to the press regarding security procedures the Interior Ministry has adopted in cooperation with Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to control begging during Ramadan, the Undersecretary of Interior Lieutenant General Suleiman Al-Fahd said the ministry has been preparing for years to combat the phenomenon.

He disclosed that individuals found begging are mostly on dependent visas or different types of visit visas, warning the category that the ministry will pursue and deport those who continue to violate the residency law.

He called on citizens and expatriates to coordinate positively with the ministry and report any case of begging by calling hotline 112 or notify any security operative nearby or the Interior Ministry departments.

He reiterated the Public Authority for Residency Affairs has formed special teams to control the negative phenomenon through intensive inspection campaigns held in collaboration with concerned departments in the ministry alongside the Ministry of Awqaf, civil society organizations and charitable societies.

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