Bhubaneswar: No people will be allowed to distribute food and clothes to homeless at the roadside under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) jurisdiction.
However, individuals and organisations may distribute free food and clothes to destitute people at shelter homes managed by the BMC after taking permission from it, the BMC said in a notification.
In violation of the order, legal action will be taken against the individuals/organisations, the BMC said.
The civic body in its notification clarified that the poor people living at roadside in the city hesitate to shift to the shelter homes being managed by the BMC due to free distribution of food and clothes by some organisations. It results in failure to make the state capital as beggar-free city.