Bhubaneswar, Nov 17 (LocalWire) Odisha government has drawn up a Rs one crore ‘Sahaya’ package to rehabilitate beggars and vagrants and put to end the practice of beggary.
“The government has established ‘Sahayak Kendras’ to resettle the people who live on the charity of others.
The special scheme for beggars – Sahaya- is being implemented in the State.
A financial allocation of Rs one crore has been made this fiscal to provide livelihood support to them.
They are being provided alternative income sources by way of self-employment schemes”, Ashok Kumar Panda, the Minister for Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Ashok Panda said in the assembly yesterday.
According to the survey conducted by the government, overall the state has 6,390 beggars across all 30 districts.
The survey report puts the number of beggars in Odisha at 6550 (3850 male and 2700 female), the second highest in the country after West Bengal’s 13,728.
Cuttack city, the erstwhile capital of the State, has the highest presence of beggars (675) among the urban centres.
While Cuttack district with 1,060 beggars tops the list, Boudh district with a total of 16 beggars comes at the bottom of the ignoble list.
The rehabilitation plan of beggars will include, among other things, homestead land, houses, insurance coverage, Aadhar card, ration card, healthcare, developing skills for living by restoring their psychological strength, confidence and giving them training in vocational skills for wage or self-employment, the minister said.