Over 4 lakh beggars in India, most in West Bengal: Govt
West Bengal has over 81,000
beggars, highest in the country, while Lakshadweep merely has
two vagrants, the government today said.
There are 4,13,670 beggars -- 2.2 lakh males and 1.91 lakh
females -- in the country, Minister of State for Social
Justice Vijay Sampla said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha
West Bengal with 81,244 beggars topped the list followed
by 65,835 in Uttar Pradesh, 30,218 in Andhra Pradesh, 29,723
in Bihar and 28,695 in Madhya Pradesh.
Incidentally, in Assam, Manipur, and West Bengal female
beggars outnumbered their male counterparts. (PTI)