SURVEY ON BEGGARS

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As per Census 2011, there are 4,13,670 beggars and vagrants in the country. The State-wise information is given in Annexure.A Meeting was held with some of the NGOs/Experts/States working in the field of beggary for Comprehensive rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of Begging on 14.01.2020. After the discussion, Ministry had initiated pilot project on Comprehensive Rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of Begging in seven (7) cities namely Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Indore, Lucknow, Nagpur and Patna. These pilots are being implemented with the support of State Governments/UTs/Local Urban Bodies and Voluntary Organizations etc., which provide comprehensive measures including survey and identification, mobilization, rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, awareness generation, counseling, education, skill development and sustainable settlement of persons engaged in begging.Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has formulated a scheme “SMILE – Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise”, which includes a sub-scheme – ‘Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of Begging’. This scheme covers several comprehensive measures including welfare measures for persons who are engaged in the act of begging. The focus of the scheme is extensively on rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counseling, basic documentation, education, skill development, economic linkages and so on.                                                Annexure

S. No. India/State/UT Beggars, Vagrants etc.
Persons Males Females
1 JAMMU & KASHMIR 4134 2550 1584
2 HIMACHAL PRADESH 809 504 305
3 PUNJAB 7939 5197 2742
4 CHANDIGARH 121 87 34
5 UTTARAKHAND 3320 2374 946
6 HARYANA 8682 6504 2178
7 NCT OF DELHI 2187 1343 844
8 RAJASTHAN 25853 15271 10582
9 UTTAR PRADESH 65835 41859 23976
10 BIHAR 29723 14842 14881
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 1490 607 883
17 MEGHALAYA 396 172 224
18 ASSAM 22116 7269 14847
19 WEST BENGAL 81244 33086 48158
20 JHARKHAND 10819 5522 5297
21 ODISHA 17965 9981 7984
22 CHHATTISGARH 10198 4995 5203
23 MADHYA PRADESH 28695 17506 11189
24 GUJARAT 13445 8549 4896
25 DAMAN & DIU 22 15 7
26 DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI 19 7 12
27 MAHARASHTRA 24307 14020 10287
28 ANDHRA PRADESH 30218 16264 13954
29 KARNATAKA 12270 6436 5834
30 GOA 247 131 116
31 LAKSHADWEEP 2 0 2
32 KERALA 4023 2397 1626
33 TAMIL NADU 6814 3789 3025
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 Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr.Virendra Kumar in the Lok Sabha in a written reply today.

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