Warangal Urban: Ashish Sharma, who is on a mission to eradicate ‘begging’ in India, was offered a rousing reception as the Begger-free’ yatra reached Warangal here on Thursday.
Asish, who launched the padayatra from Jammu arrived here on Wednesday, and met district collector Prashant Jeevan Patil.
On Thursday, students of the University College of Arts and Science felicitated Ashish Sharma and took a pledge to take this campaign forward and not give money to child beggars in India.
Ashish Sharma (29), who hails from Delhi, is a mechanical engineer by profession, quit his job in a multi-national company in 2015 and started campaigning for ‘Beggar-free India.’ As he set a target to travel across the nation spreading the word to eradicate the country of begging, he planned to travel 17,000 kms across the nation and has already covered 13,108 kms.
Speaking to media persons, Ashish Sharma narrated how he saw a thin and lean child with a bleeding hand, begging. “Moved by the pathetic sight, I took the child home, gave him first aid, some new clothes and got him enrolled in a nearby school with the help of an NGO. But I did not stop there. In fact, the incident changed my life. Deciding to pursue this issue, I quit my job and embarked on a journey to cover the entire country on foot to create awareness against children begging,” he said and added “I got him enrolled in school and took care of his expenses. But the thought of other children trapped in a similar existence did not let me sleep. And I decided to launch a mission against child begging,”
He started his journey from Jammu on August 22, 2017 and covered majority of the States in India.
When asked if this walking would help in the eradication of begging he said, “No it won’t directly but this is just the first phase. As soon as I complete my journey, me and my supporters will organise a huge rally in New Delhi for awareness and then we will start sending children in schools from village levels.” For that he has programmed a mobile application named ‘Duayen’ in which he connected schools, hospitals, police stations, administrative officials and other government establishments. “The application is in the testing phase. I am planning to launch the application the day when I will be celebrating ‘Unmukt Diwas’. The mobile applications can be of great use in identifying the lost kids and child beggars, helping them reach their homes,” he said.