Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Beggars Rehabilitation Scheme

Posted On: 11 AUG 2021 3:57PM by PIB Delhi

As per the Census of 2011 data available on the website of Registrar General of India, there are 4,13,670 beggars and vagrants in the Country. The State-wise details are placed at Annexure.

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has formulated a scheme “SMILE - Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise”, which includes sub-scheme - ‘Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of Begging’. The focus of the scheme is on providing basic necessaries like food, shelter homes, medical facilities, counseling, rehabilitation, basic documentation, education, skill development and economic linkages of the persons found to be engaged in begging.

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has identified ten cities namely Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur and Patna for undertaking pilot projects on Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Persons engaged in the act of Begging, which provides for the whole range of services including awareness generation, identification, rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counseling, education, skill development and sustainable settlement of persons engaged in begging.

 

Annexure

Total Beggars, Vagrants etc. in India as per Census 2011

 

ST Code

India/State/UT

Beggars, Vagrants etc.

Persons

Males

Females

1

JAMMU & KASHMIR

4,134

2,550

1,584

2

HIMACHAL PRADESH

809

504

305

3

PUNJAB

7,939

5,197

2,742

4

CHANDIGARH

121

87

34

5

UTTARAKHAND

3,320

2,374

946

6

HARYANA

8,682

6,504

2,178

7

NCT OF DELHI

2,187

1,343

844

8

RAJASTHAN

25,853

15,271

10,582

9

UTTAR PRADESH

65,835

41,859

23,976

10

BIHAR

29,723

14,842

14,881

11

SIKKIM

68

46

22

12

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

114

59

55

13

NAGALAND

124

65

59

14

MANIPUR

263

117

146

15

MIZORAM

53

33

20

16

TRIPURA

1,490

607

883

17

MEGHALAYA

396

172

224

18

ASSAM

22,116

7,269

14,847

19

WEST BENGAL

81,244

33,086

48,158

20

JHARKHAND

10,819

5,522

5,297

21

ODISHA

17,965

9,981

7,984

22

CHHATTISGARH

10,198

4,995

5,203

23

MADHYA PRADESH

28,695

17,506

11,189

24

GUJARAT

13,445

8,549

4,896

25

DAMAN & DIU

22

15

7

26

DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI

19

7

12

27

MAHARASHTRA

24,307

14,020

10,287

28

ANDHRA PRADESH

30,218

16,264

13,954

29

KARNATAKA

12,270

6,436

5,834

30

GOA

247

131

116

31

LAKSHADWEEP

2

0

2

32

KERALA

4,023

2,397

1,626

33

TAMIL NADU

6,814

3,789

3,025

34

PUDUCHERRY

99

54

45

35

A & N ISLANDS

56

22

34

 

INDIA

4,13,670

2,21,673

1,91,997

 

This information was given by The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri. A. Narayanaswamy in the Rajya  Sabha in a written reply.

 

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