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‘SMILE’ Scheme

Published on February 14, 2022
Current Context: The Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Dr. Virendra Kumar launched the ‘SMILE’ scheme.
‘SMILE’ Scheme
  • The SMILE signifies ‘Support for Marginalized Individuals for Livelihood and Enterprise’.
  • The scheme aims to offer welfare measures to the Transgender community and the people engaged in the act of begging.
  • Legal protection, social security are assured under the scheme to the beneficiaries.
  • The funds of Rs 365 crores for the tenure of five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26 is allocated for the scheme.
  • The scheme is based on two themes namely: (a) Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation for Welfare of Transgender Persons (b) Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of engaged in the act of Begging.
    • (a) Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation for Welfare of Transgender Persons: It includes Scholarships for Transgender Students, Skill Development and Livelihood under PM-DAKSH scheme of the Department, Medical Health package, Shelter Homes ‘Garima Greh’ with various facilities and Setting up of Transgender Protection cell.
    • (b) Central Sector Scheme for Comprehensive Rehabilitation of engaged in the act of Begging: It includes Survey and Identification of beneficiaries, mobilization of the people engaged in begging to Shelter Homes, educating children engaged in the act of Begging.

Question: 

Q.1 The ‘SMILE’ scheme was launched to offer welfare measures to the Transgender community and the people engaged in the act of begging. What does ‘E’ signify in ‘SMILE’?
a. Education
b. Entrepreneurship
c. Enterprise
d. Environment
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