Q. Consider the following statements regarding SMILE – Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise scheme.
1. It is a merged scheme of Comprehensive Rehabilitation of persons engaged in the Act of begging scheme and the Comprehensive Rehabilitation for Welfare of Transgender Persons Scheme
2. The scheme is formulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A
Notes:

Recently, The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has formulated a scheme “SMILE – Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise”. 

About SMILE Scheme: 

  • Two Central Sector Schemes namely Comprehensive Rehabilitation of persons engaged in the Act of begging and Comprehensive Rehabilitation for Welfare of Transgender Persons have been merged in a single scheme named SMILE. 
  • Focus areas: Rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counselling, basic documentation, education, skill development, economic linkages and so on. 
  • The scheme would be implemented with the support of State/UT Governments/Local Urban Bodies, Voluntary Organizations, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), institutions and others. 

Read more: SMILE – Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise formulated