Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment arranges free meals for more than 1.27 Crore Destitutes/Beggars/Homeless persons since lockdown started

New Delhi: The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment working with major Municipal Corporations has arranged for feeding of more than 1.27 crore destitutes/beggars/homeless persons since lockdown started (till 10.04.2020). The Ministry, in a project, had already selected ten (10) cities; Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Nagpur, Patna and Indore for implementing a comprehensive scheme for rehabilitation of persons engaged in the act of begging which would cover identification, rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counseling, education, skill development with the support of State Governments/UTs/Local Urban Bodies and Voluntary Organizations, institutions etc. 100% Assistance under the Scheme shall be provided to the States/UTs for its implementation.

In the current circumstances facing the Country in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, and the resulting lockdown all over the country, it was feared that many people currently engaged in begging, vagrants would be facing serious difficulties resulting in starvation. In view of this, Municipal Corporations of ten cities were instructed in the wake of lockdown to set up feeding centres for providing free cooked food for the persons engaged in beggary and vagrants with immediate effect. This arrangement would also help in identification of the persons who could be brought under the comprehensive national project in the future.

City wise details of destitute/beggars/homeless persons provided cooked food is as under:

Sl. No. Name of the City Number of persons provided free Meals (in Lakhs)
1. Delhi 75.0
2. Mumbai 9.8
3. Kolkata 1.3
4. Chennai 3.5
5. Bengaluru 14.0
6. Hyderabad 7.0
7. Nagpur 0.8
8. Indore 8.4
9. Lucknow 7.0
10. Patna 0.5
  Total 127.30