The life on the roads, the time spent wiling away, foraying into the unknown- what is the life of a beggar? No directions, no hope and, more often than not, nothing to ride back home with the home being the abandoned streets and corners lurking in the dark- what possibly can be done to uplift the life of a beggar? It won’t be wrong to compare the life spent alone by beggars to the paling skin on the body, that peels off even before an effort is made to remove it.
Perhaps, for most of us whether we are in any of the urban city in India or in any developing town- it may not be wrong to suggest that the beggars are omnipresent. It’s particularly sad and strange to even suggest that their very presence, occupying dingy corners at nights while eating away spaces on roads during days is a cause of upset. And maybe, a massive one for those who promise to ‘change the way things are.’
Called the remorse of the society and an eyesore on the path to productivity, we usually do not find anyone caring as such about beggars. They are there, they’ve been there where according to us they are meant to dwell: on the roads. In this light, therefore, it’s not even usual to imagine that somethings may change for them ever. Who cares, anyway? Isn’t it?
The problem persists regardless of whether beggars are there in the National Capital Territory region or any other part of the country, for it’s eventually, common. But what matters most is to find whether a problem can be translated into a progress. So can it?
Maybe, yes. Now there seems to be some hope, perhaps, just when nothing of that sort would have been expected. The news is out there that some important steps are being taken by the Delhi Government to work in the direction of how it can change the fate of the beggars. At first thoughts, one feels the thrill about there slated to be a reverse fortune of sorts for the listless, jaded, whatever one may want to call them. The idea is to help provide a dignified life to the beggars in the capital.
On first thoughts, the basic perception regarding the beggers is that they do not lead a life of dignity. That something needs to be done in order to change the way their lives are led holds the power to bring about a transformation. So, in this regard, the Delhi Government has made a decision to come out with new schemes that will be directed toward uplifting the standards of the beggars in the country.
To provide them with basic means of self-sustenance- which is the biggest handicap in their lives- is the best possible way ahead. In fact, if you were to think about it, you would find that beggars could be trained to become self-sufficient- as that is the only major lagging in their lives. Isn’t it? So, the plan of the government is to train them under new schemes regarding learning skills in the spheres of handicrafts, tailoring, and other skills.
In fact, the plan doesn’t stop there. Those among the beggars who wish to learn these skills shall also be provided with a minimum amount of remuneration. In accordance with this plan, it’s being said that those among the beggars who enrol will get Rs 250 per day to ensure their sustenance. What a fantastic idea, isn’t it? On first thoughts, the mind conjures a headline, “no more weak or dependent on fate.” As a part of this plan or course, those who manage to complete the program will be extended a kit so as to support them in their endeavours: for instance, if it is sewing, that they have learned, then it will be sewing kits.
A change is all it takes to turn lives around. At this juncture, one certainly hopes that the Delhi Government achieves what it has set out to, in order to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Self-sufficiency, often, is the only way out of remorse. Can the beggars turn their lives around this time?