Dec 302015

beggars are literate

India has 3.72 lakh beggars of whom 21% are literate, having passed senior secondary certificate exams and above. In fact, more than 3,000 of them have professional diplomas, or are graduates and even post-graduates, according to the Census 2011 data on ‘Non-workers by main activity and education level’ released earlier this week.

Many of them have turned the adage ‘Beggars cannot be choosers’ on its head — especially considering they are literate but chose beggary after their degrees failed to land them satisfactory jobs.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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