Odisha government is set to launch a new scheme to make Odisha a beggar free state. With the implementation of the scheme,nobody will choose begging as the means of livelihoods.
As per the proposed scheme, a survey will be conducted to identify the beggars in the state.This will be followed rehabilitation process, preparing them for employment in various sectors for income.According to sources and various news portals,in the mean time the Department of Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) has issued a directive to all the RDCs and district collectors asking them to conduct a survey by forming a committee.
The survey will be conducted in the beggar-prone areas including various temples,religious institutions, hotels,villages,sea beaches.Under the proposed scheme, the beggars will be provided land for construction of houses. If required, the government will help in building their houses. Besides, they will be provided the Aadhaar cards and ration cards.The government will include them under National Food Security Act (NFSA).
The government has decided to provide all types of facilities to the beggars under the State’s social security scheme.Notably, total 4,13,670 beggars (2.2 lakh male and 1.91 lakh female) are registered in India.The highest number of beggars is recorded in West Bengal with 81,244.