In an attempt to rehabilitate the homeless and destitute in the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, the municipal corporation (MC) plans to offer jobs to them, depending on their level of education. Efforts will be made to rehabilitate street children too. The disabled beggars will be sent to shelter homes whereas the physically fit ones will be given civic duties to perform.
The work assigned to them will include collection of user charges for the door-to-door gathering of garbage from the city’s residential houses. They will also be given day-to-day sanitation work to do.
Presently, work is going on to compile information on all the homeless in the city. Some of the homeless have themselves come forward to enrol in the programme.
According to the Constitution of India, the States are responsible for doing what is required to prevent beggary and rehabilitate beggars. As on Februrary 2019, as many as 20 States and two Union Territories have either enacted their own anti-beggary legislation or adopted legislations enacted by other States/UTs.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had released about rupees one crore during 2017-18 and about fifty lakhs during 2018-19 to the National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC) for skill development programmes for beggars on a pilot basis.
Thereafter, an MoU was signed with NGOs to help 400 members of the beggar community in Ghaziabad, Rampur, Moradabad, Madhepura and Kolkata, by offering them skill training. The programme is collaborating with various government training institutes and sector skill councils to offer training in different trades, such as handicraft, logistics, apparel and furniture making.