Skill Schemes for Beggars Under “SMILE”
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has formulated an umbrella scheme “SMILE – Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise”, which includes the sub-scheme – ‘Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of Begging’. This umbrella scheme cover of several comprehensive measures including welfare measures for persons who are engaged in the act of begging with focus extensively on rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counselling, education, skill development, economic linkages etc. with the support of State Governments/UTs/Local Urban Bodies, Voluntary Organizations, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and institutions and others.
Scheme provides for the use of the existing shelter homes for rehabilitation of the persons engaged in the act of begging. In case of non-availability of existing shelter homes, new dedicated shelter homes to be set up for the Persons engaged in the act of begging by the implementing agencies.
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has initiated pilot projects on Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Persons engaged in the act of Begging in major seven cities of the Country including Delhi, Patna, Nagpur, Indore, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Lucknow. Objective of this project is awareness generation, identification, rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counselling skill development, sustainable settlement and education to person engaged in Begging.
This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri.A.Narayanaswamy in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.