New Delhi: Aiming at including the homeless
people in the 2011 Census and providing them facilities
accordingly, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Fridaylaunched a
survey for them with assistance from UN Development Programme.
"There are lakhs of homeless people in Delhi, who are not
registered and so they do not have any kind of identity card.
Because of this they cannot avail benefits of the social
welfare programmes," Dikshit said.
She said the aim of the survey is to include all those
people in the current Census.
The survey, said to be the first of its kind in the
country which involves 24 governmental and non-governmental
organisations, will take two months to complete, she said.
It will be conducted in 15 divisions of the city. Later,
initiative will be taken to get the names of the homeless
incorporated in the Census.
"A register will be made and according to that homeless
people will be given ID cards, BPL cards so that it becomes
easy for them to avail health facilities and get their
children admitted to schools," Dikshit said.
The Chief Minister launched the survey by filling the
form of a paralysed homeless woman named Shakila. The form
asks one about where he or she lives, family, occupation,
income and other particulars.
Dikshit said the counting will be done in the night as it
is the "best time" when one could find these people at their
The Chief Minister also said that after the survey, Delhi
government will have accurate figures of the homeless and then
it will be easy to accommodate them and provide them adequate
Speaking on the occasion, Patrice Coeur-Bizot, UN
Resident Representative, said, "The survey would serve as the
basis for their inclusion in the National Population Register
and would be more effective in designing and implementing the
targeted interventions to improve the lives of the poorest."
The homeless survey is supported by UNDP`s `Innovation
Support for Social Protection` project which aims at "equal
access to the multitude of social welfare schemes" that the
city government have implemented for the vulnerable