Q. With reference to SMILE Scheme, consider the following statements:
1. The scheme provides for the use of the existing shelter homes for rehabilitation of the persons engaged in the act of Begging.
2. It has been launched by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

Both statements are correct. 

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

  • 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. 
  • Features: 
  • The scheme provides for the use of the existing shelter homes available with the State/UT Governments and Urban local bodies for rehabilitation of the persons engaged in the act of Begging. 
  • In case of the non-availability of existing shelter homes, new dedicated shelter homes are to be set up by the implementing agencies. 

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