Odisha Home To 5,955 beggars, Cuttack Tops of List With 1,060 Beggars

Bhubaneswar: Cuttack, one of the developed districts of the State, is home to the highest number beggars living on charity of others.

The State accounts for 5,955 beggars living across 30 districts while Cuttack district tops the list with 1,060 beggars enumerated in the district, the minister for Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Ashok Panda told the assembly today.

Cuttack is followed by Ganjam district which accounts for 545 people living on beggary.

With 16 enumerated beggars, Boudh district stays at the bottom of the ‘inglorious’ list.

The State government has decided to bring the beggars and vagrants living on the charity of others under social security and rehabilitation cover. An action plan is being worked out for their rehabilitation, said officials.

The rehabilitation plan of beggars will include among other things homestead land, houses, insurance coverage, Aadhar card, ration card, healthcare, developing skill living by restoring their psychological strength, confidence and giving them training for vocational skills for wage or self-employment The district collectors have been directed to shift the elderly beggars to old age homes. Similarly women beggars could be shifted to short stay homes, added the officials.