Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise (SMILE) – UPSC Prelims

Ministry : Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Aims to rehabilitate persons engaged in the act of begging.
  • Two Central Sector Schemes have been merged in a single scheme named SMILE:
    • Comprehensive Rehabilitation of persons engaged in the Act of begging
    • Comprehensive Rehabilitation for Welfare of Transgender Persons
  • Focus areas: Rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counselling, basic documentation, education, skill development, economic linkages and so on.
  • The scheme would be implemented with the support of State/UT Governments/Local Urban Bodies, Voluntary Organizations, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), institutions and others.
  • The scheme provides for the use of the existing¬†shelter homes¬†available with the State/UT Governments and Urban local bodies for rehabilitation of the persons engaged in the act of Begging.
  • In case of the non-availability of existing shelter homes, new dedicated shelter homes are to be set up by the implementing agencies.
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