Bhubaneswar:27/3/17: In a significant move, the state government has planned to to make the state beggar free. With the implementation of the proposed plan, nobody will choose begging as the means of livelihoods.
The government has asked all district collectors to conduct a survey on beggars and prepare action plans to include them in a proposed scheme that envisages their rehabilitation and social security.
According to Census 2011, Odisha has total 6550 beggars (3850 male and 2700 female), which is second highest in the country after West Bengal’s 13,728. As per reports, Odisha has more beggars than that in Uttar Pradesh (6003) and Bihar (5276).