On the completion of 75 years of independence, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Virendra Kumar Launched the “SMILE-75 Initiative” on Friday. municipalities Those who will conduct the rehabilitation exercise under this initiative are from states across India. It ranges from regions like Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh to Silchar and Doboka in Assam. is on this list Gone and Hajipur in Bihar at one end of Hubli-Dharwad in Karnataka. Apart from the regions of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Odisha, the list also includes Panchkula from Haryana, Dharamsala from Himachal Pradesh and Imphal from Manipur. Regions of UP, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala and West Bengal are also in the list.
The Ministry of Social Justice launched “Smile – Support for Marginalized Persons for Livelihood and Enterprise” in February this year. It includes a sub-scheme – “Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Persons engaged in the act of begging”.
According to the 2011 census, the total population of beggars and vagabonds is about 4.13 lakhs. Most of them struggle to gain access to basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing, which drives them into poverty. Now under the “SMILE-75 Initiative”, the identified municipal corporations will undertake comprehensive rehabilitation of persons engaged in begging. Keeping in view the roadmap laid down as part of the comprehensive plan.
The roadmap includes conducting surveys and identifying people found begging and carrying out outreach work to mobilize and establish people.right house“(Shelter homes) near areas where people beg and link them to education, skills and employment prospects.