Launch of national scheme soon for rehabilitation of beggars

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The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is preparing to soon roll out a National Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Beggars.

It’ll be based on the idea of dealing with beggary as a social problem and not looking at it as a criminal act

About National Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Beggars

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had launched a pilot project on the Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Persons engaged in the act of Begging.

The pilot project was launched in 10 cities namely Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna and Ahmedabad. 

The projects are being implemented by State Governments/UTs/Local Urban Bodies and Voluntary Organizations.

Several comprehensive measures taken under this project include survey and identification of beggars, mobilization, basic hygiene and medical facilities, providing basic documentation, counselling, rehabilitation etc

Based on this pilot project, the Government is planning to launch a National Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Beggars.

This scheme will be part of the SMILE Scheme (Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise).It will also include a separate scheme for welfare of transgender persons.

Source: This post is based on the article Launch of national scheme soon for rehabilitation of beggarspublished by TOI on 23rd Nov 2021.

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