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Real Face of Begging in India

In its February issue Top Indian magazine “India Today” Magazine has published a survey about Indian beggars. Mostly, we people have very less authentic data available about the condition of beggars in India; therefore, this survey provides a lot of good information about the conditions of beggars in India and some of its findings very alarming like number of graduates and postgraduates beggars are increasing in India. Main points which comes out of survey are-

1) Average income of beggars in Metros is Rs 80.
2) 70% of beggars spend more than Rs 50 per day and 27% send more than Rs 100 in a single day.
3) Most of the beggars in India earn more than daily wagers.
4) Rs 25000 is the average bank balance of beggars in Kolkata.
5) There are more numbers of able body beggars in India than disabled beggars.
6) There are good numbers of beggars with graduate and post graduate degrees and there number is increasing constantly.
7) 85% of the beggars have no information about the beggar homes.
8) Rs 180 cr is the worth of Beggars in Mumbai alone.

Source- India Today, Feb 4, 2008 (For full survey Report read “Indian Today”)

Begging has always remained a big problem for Indian society. In past, numbers of people and NGOs have tried their best to solve this problem of begging in India, however, most of these initiatives have failed very badly. From this survey one thing comes out clearly in front of us that begging has today become more serious problem and requires some serious action. However, most of the time, we see more talks on begging problem than anything productive done to solve this problem. To some extent, it looks that we people have accepted to live with this problem. There are many examples available where beggars have earned huge fortunes with begging. Some of the facts like entry of graduate and post graduate beggars are really alarming signs and show the increasing reach of begging in India.

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