Begging in India is Rs.200 crore industry and this has been said after two year survey by Dr. Rafiuddin, on average a beggar earns Rs.24,000/- per month in cities which is almost equal to a white collar job salary. There are instances of rich beggars in India for example a beggar was found with Rs.8,00,000/- in his garbage bag or a beggar with an insurance of Rs.36,000/- per year and though there are rich beggars the income is spread unevenly across the country.
But, its unfortunate to see how even old people are made to beg.
Two different old ladies can be seen begging at both the entrance of CST subway gate..Probably both these ladies are over 70 year of age. why can’t railway administration or police do something to rehabilitate these old ladies..or why they don’t investigate, who is that person who bring them here and arrange their sitting and survive on the money they have begged..I request to friends to spread this photo and let other know how insensitive or Govt. administration is.
Though begging is a billion dollar industry beggars have to beg in harsh climates such as in winter, in rains, in scorching heat and after struggling hard for the whole day majority of share goes to local begging mafia (run by goons, politicians etc…) as protection money who run it (begging) as a well organised crime. Begging mafia is very cruel to beggars often break their bones or amputate their body parts so people would feel pity and give more money to them. Most of the beggars belong to 200 million poor Indians in our country that are living in acute poverty and are forced into this profession.
How to stop this menace ?????
Just remember a body part might have been removed or bones may have been broken just for you to feel pity and give few rupees extra to them, instead donate the money to nearby charity organization that looks after beggars and rehabilitates them to a better life. Below link redirects you to various NGO’s present in our country, if you really want to help select any one NGO and donate regularly.