Beggars Rehabilitation Initiatives

An Assessment of Narail District


  • Md. Siddiqur Rahman Deputy Secretary, currently work as Director, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh


Income Generating Activities (IGA), Vulnerable Group Development (VGD), Employment Generation Program for the Poorest (EGPP), Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)


The study attempts to assess the effectiveness of the beggars‟ rehabilitation initiatives which has been implemented
by District Administration, Narail. Every citizen has constitutional right to work, duty and to have value and honour
for his/her working (GoB 1972). But the beggars forgot that rights and engaged begging door to door. Consequently
they lost their productive power, social dignity and confidence as well. Not only that begging tarnishes the image of
the society as well as state. Begging itself is an unproductive job which diminishes potential productive power of the
individuals. The beggars are being considered as social burden, hindrance to social norms, decencies and beauties.
The study found rehabilitation initiatives enhances the productive power as well as the social dignity of the
rehabilitated persons in the district. Most of them are engaged in various professions and they are earning about two
US dollar per day which is being added in gross domestic product of Bangladesh. They have changed their social
identity from beggars to entrepreneurs and they are no more social burden. A mixture of qualitative and quantitative
approaches has been applied to fulfill the objective of this study. The study identified some challenges and some
recommendations to overcome those challenges are illustrated in this paper.