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The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India, has identified 75 Municipal Corporations to implement comprehensive rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of begging under “SMILE” named as“SMILE-75 Initiative”. The full form of SMILE is “Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise”.
What Is SMILE 75 Initiative?
The SMILE-75 Initiative was launched on Friday August 12 by the Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar for comprehensive rehabilitation of persons engaged in begging in 75 identified municipalities as a part of the celebrations of 75 years of Independence.
The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, also addressed “Under the SMILE-75 initiative, 75 municipal corporations in collaboration with NGOs and other stakeholders will cover several comprehensive welfare measures for persons who are engaged in the act of begging with focus extensively on rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counselling, awareness, education, skill development, economic linkages and convergence with other government welfare programmes etc”.
During the launching ceremony the Minister also added that the one of the main aim of the initiative was to make the 75 municipalities “begging-free”.
To implement this SMILE-75 Initiative scheme till year 2025-26, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has granted of Rs.100 crores. Local Urban Bodies, Civil Society Organizations or Non-Government Organizations plays an important role in addressing the act of begging with concerted efforts. In India, Begging is a criminal act in cities like Delhi and Mumbai, in accordance with Bombay Prevention of Begging Act, BPBA (1959). Under the act, officials from Social Welfare Department conduct raids, in association with Police and pick up beggars. Later, they are tries in special courts called ‘beggar courts’.
- The scheme will be implemented with the support of State/UT Governments/Local Urban Bodies, Voluntary Organizations, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) , institutions and others.
- It will be a comprehensive scheme for persons engaged in the act of begging.
- The scheme has been implemented in the selected cities on pilot basis having large concentrations of the Beggar community.
- During the year 2019-20, this Ministry had released an amount of Rs. 1 Crore to National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) and Rs. 70 Lakh to National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC) for skill development programmes for beggars.
SMILE 75 Initiative – Objective
- The main objective is the scheme is to address the persisting problem of destitution and beggary.
- Making our cities/town and municipal areas begging-free.
- Making a strategyfor comprehensive rehabilitation of the persons engaged in the act of begging through the coordinated action of various stakeholders.
- The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment understands the important role of Local Urban Bodies, Civil Society Organisations/Non-Government Organisations to address this persisting social issue with concerted efforts.
SMILE 75 Initiative – Aim
- Municipal Corporations will provide a range of comprehensive welfare measures for people who are involved in begging in collaboration with NGOs and other stakeholders, with a strong emphasis on rehabilitation, medical facility, provision-counselling, awareness, education, skill development, economic ties, and convergence with other Government welfare programs, among other things.
- The SMILE project would have a total budget of Rs. 100 crore from now till 2025–2026from the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
- It aims to create a system of support for the extensive rehabilitation of beggars.
SMILE 75 Initiative – Full Form
To address the enduring issue of destitution and beggary, the Government of India has initiated the comprehensive SMILE scheme. The SMILE stands for “Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise”. As part of the “SMILE-75” Initiative, 75 Municipal Corporations (MC) will provide thorough rehabilitation for beggars in the spirit of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Municipal Corporations (MCs) will cover several extensive welfare measures for persons who are engaged in the act of begging.
SMILE 75 Initiative – Key Features
- SMILE stands for “Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise”.
- 75 Municipal Corporations, experts associated with the field of beggary and NGOs will take part in nationwide launch in online and offline mode.
- As a part of the initiative, identified Municipal Corporations will cover several comprehensive welfare measures in association with NGOs and other stakeholders, for persons engaged in the act of begging.
- They will focus on rehabilitation, counselling, education, awareness, provision of medical facilities, skill development and economic linkages with other Government welfare initiatives.
- Initiative has been started with the objective of making cities/town and municipal areas free of begging and make strategy of rehabilitation process.
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