In a significant move, Odisha government is planning to make the state beggar free. With the implementation of the proposed plan, nobody will choose begging as the means of livelihoods.
The government has asked all district collectors to conduct a survey on beggars and prepare action plans to include them in a proposed scheme that envisages their rehabilitation and social security.
Govt asked the collectors to begin the process of identifying beggars from temples where they flock in large numbers. The state government sets April 30 deadline for district collectors to submit rehabilitation plans. The best rehabilitation plan may fetch award.
The rehabilitation plan of beggars will include homestead land, houses, insurance coverage, Aadhar card, ration card, healthcare, developing skill living by restoring their psychological strength, confidence and giving them training for vocational skills for wage or self-employment.
According to Census 2011, Odisha has total 6550 beggars (3850 male and 2700 female), which is second highest in the country after West Bengal’s 13,728. Odisha has more beggars than that in Uttar Pradesh (6003) and Bihar (5276), the Census report said.