Authorities in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad are rounding up beggars ahead of a visit by Ivanka Trump.
Over the past week, around 266 beggars have been transported to separate male and female shelter homes located on the grounds of two city prisons. Authorities have been strictly enforcing a begging ban on the city’s streets and in other public places.
The crackdown seems to be having the desired effect, with most of the city’s thousands of beggars vanishing from sight.
Hyderabad officials are offering Rs 500 to identify beggars to make the city “beggar-free” after December 15, reported BBC and local media outlet Times Now.
Ivanka is a senior adviser to her father, President Donald Trump.
Officials say the drive against begging was launched because two international events are taking place in Hyderabad — the US-backed Global Entrepreneurship Summit that Ivanka Trump is scheduled to attend and the World Telugu Conference in December.
Thousands of Indian entrepreneurs want to attend the three-day event, from Nov. 28, though organizers say they can accommodate only 400 from India and 800 from the United States and the rest of the world.
GES was conceived by former U.S. President Barack Obama.
It was previously held in Washington, Istanbul, Dubai, Marrakech in Morocco, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur and Silicon Valley in the United States.
This will be the first such summit under Trump, who this year said on the social network Twitter that his daughter would lead the U.S. delegation to support women’s entrepreneurship globally.
The theme of the conference this year is “Women First, Prosperity for All”.
On a visit to New Delhi last month, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the conference was an example of how Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were “promoting innovation, expanding job opportunities, and finding new ways to strengthen both of our economies”.
India is already a major market for the United States, with bilateral trade at about $115 billion last year. They aim to raise that to $500 billion by 2022.
Military and strategic ties are also improving with Trump’s recently announced Afghan policy (South Asia policy) include active participation of India and amid rising Chinese influence in Asia and beyond.
More than 1,500 people are expected at GES Hyderabad, including entrepreneurs, 300 investors, government officials and others, Ranjan said.
Modi, who will inaugurate the conference, told Trump in a meeting in the Philippines on Monday that he looked forward to hosting the U.S. delegation in Hyderabad, “showcasing innovation and collaboration between India and the United States”.