Centre soon to start Skill Training courses for Transgender and Beggars


Centre soon to start Skill Training courses for Transgender people and Beggars to help them lead a dignified life.

Informing this, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Dr. Virendra Kumar said the Centre is communicating to various state Government for implementing the project.

“We are communicating to the respective state Government as well as to the NGOs for implementing the scheme,” Dr. Kumar said.

Elaborating further on the project the Union Minister said, “We will help the Transgender people and beggars to get trained in various Skill Development programme, so that their talents can be natured and this will help them to have a dignified life under the PM Modi’s initiative of Atma nirbhar bharat abhiyan.”

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has formulated a scheme “SMILE – Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise”.

It includes a subscheme – ‘Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of persons engaged in Begging’.

“Once these Transgender and Beggars are trained they can avail loan at minimum interest where subsidy will be provided to them, the department also will ensure to provide a ready market to their produce,” Dr. Kumar assured.

Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood & Enterprise (SMILE) which is a new Scheme after merger of existing Schemes for Beggars and Transgenders.

The intended objective is to cover the welfare measures for both transgender persons and persons who are engaged in the act of begging with focus extensively on rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counseling, education, skill development etc with the support of State Governments and NGOs.