Friday, December 20, 2019

High rate of exclusion of urban poor from social welfare schemes: Study

BLOG: A community-led baseline study on the ‘Extent of social inclusion and access to social welfare schemes and basic services for urban poor’, released here on Thursday, has found that 16% of the respondents did not have a voter identity card, 42% did not have a BPL ration card, 5% did not have an Aadhaar card, and 68.5% did not have a PAN card.Most of those excluded are sex workers (36%), transgender persons (30.5%), and people living with HIV (22%). Social security schemes such as ‘Mythri’ for transgender persons, ‘Chethana’ financial assistance scheme for sex workers, and ‘Dhanasri’ scheme for persons living with HIV are denied to them on this ground, the study found. Read More