Ministry of Population Welfare is the government department that looks after matters pertaining to increase in population. The unit of education and training working under the Ministry of Population Welfare should start a crash programme to educate people living in urban slums. In most slums, the population grows at a fantastic pace while there are no employment opportunities to speak of. Most newborns grow up to be beggars from a very young age. I suggest the ministries of local government, population welfare and labour & manpower should join hands to establish a nationwide institution with branches in every city where young children of the slums could be kept and imparted necessary education and skills. These beggars must realise that unless they learn some skill, they can contribute nothing positive to the society. They beg now and their kids will do the same in future. -ADEENA FIAZ, Islamabad, via e-mail, September 10.