Rehabilitation of Beggars

The subject matter of “Relief of the disabled and unemployable” is a State subject as per entry No. 9 of State List in the 7th Schedule of the Constitution of India.  The States are responsible for taking necessary preventive and rehabilitative steps.  However, during the year 2017-18 and 2018-19 an amount of Rs. 1.00 crore and Rs. 50 lakh respectively was released to National Backward Classes Finance Development Corporation for skill development training of members of beggar community.   During the current financial year 2019-20, an amount of Rs. 1.00 crore has been released to National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) for Empowerment and Rehabilitation of Beggars (ERB) under Integrated Programme for Rehabilitation of Beggars during F.Y. 2019-20.

As per Census 2011, the total No. of beggars in Delhi are 2187.  The male beggars are 1343 and the female beggars are 844.

This information was given by Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Rattan Lal Kataria in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.