Authorities in the resort town of Nha Trang said Thursday they have earmarked VND7.7 billion (US$340,000) for a plan to take beggars off the streets and provide them with vocational training and jobs, which will also pay a reward to people blowing the whistle on street begging.
Speaking at a press conference, city vice chairman Nguyen Sy Khanh said VND100,000 ($4.5) would be paid to anyone calling up the hotline (0583.525440) to provide information.
A team set up to remove beggars from streets would reach the scene soon to pay the reward, he said.
“The process of getting the reward will only take five minutes.”
During the first month the hotline received 46 calls, 13 of which proved accurate.
“Eight [of the 13] took the reward, while the rest refused, saying it was their responsibility [as a citizen].”
According to authorities, the patrolling team will take beggars to shelters, which will provide them with suitable vocational training and jobs.
Beggars from other provinces will be returned home.
Nha Trang reportedly removed nearly 1,000 beggars off its streets in 2010-14, most of them from other provinces.
Officials said they are resolute to change the face of the town to boost tourism.