Social Justice Ministry launches SMILE-75 initiative
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The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched the 'SMILE-75' initiative for comprehensive rehabilitation of persons engaged in begging in 75 municipalities on the occasion of 75th year of independence on 12th August.
About SMILE -75 Scheme
Full name of SMILE - Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise
The scheme is a sub-scheme under the 'Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of Persons engaged in begging'.
This scheme also focuses on rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities and intervention, counselling, education, skill development, economic linkages to transgender persons.
Under this, many comprehensive welfare measures have been included for the persons engaged in begging.
A total budget of Rs 100 crore has been allocated for the SMILE scheme for the period 2025-26 by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Under the scheme, a target has been set to develop a support system for the holistic rehabilitation of the people engaged in begging.
Implementation of the Scheme
The scheme will be implemented by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
It will be implemented with the support of State/UT Governments/Local Urban Bodies, Voluntary Organizations, Community Based Organizations, institutions and others.
Status of begging in India
According to the 2011 census, the total number of beggars in India is 4,13,670 (including 2,21,673 males and 1,91,997 females).
West Bengal has the highest number of beggars, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Bihar at number two and third place respectively.
According to the 2011 census, there are only two beggars in Lakshadweep.
The Union Territory of New Delhi has the highest number of beggars, followed by Chandigarh.
Among the northeastern states, Assam tops the number of beggars, while Mizoram is at the bottom.
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