• The Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry is set to launch a scheme for rehabilitation of persons engaged in begging and for providing support to transgender persons.
• The Ministry said it had formulated an umbrella scheme, SMILE (Support for Marginalised Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise), that included two sub-schemes for the welfare of transgender persons and persons engaged in begging.
• The scheme will cover rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities, counselling, education, skill development and economic linkages.
• As a part of the national anti-drug campaign, the Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyan that was launched in 2020, the Ministry said it had planned to declare 100 districts as “drug sensitised districts” soon.
Mains Paper 2: Governance
Prelims level: SMILE Scheme
Mains level: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections