Do you know how many beggars are there in India and what their collective annual income is?
How much a beggar spends on his food and where does the remaining money go?
A study by Hyderabad based sociologist Mohammed Rafiuddin reveals fascinating details about beggars and the problem of begging in India, especially in Hyderabad.
Interestingly, the ‘beggar-boy’ earned Rs 200 in just 1 hour; so a rough calculation of 5 hours of work would produce Rs 1,000, which amounts to a sizeable Rs 45,000 a month in Delhi NCR.
After a two year long survey, which has been published under the title Beggars in Hyderabad, Rafiuddin says there were 73,00,000 beggars across India who earn as much as Rs 180 crore (Rs 1.8 billion). The study put the number of beggars in Hyderabad at 11,000 with a total earning of Rs 15 crore (Rs 150 million).