The Hyderabad Council of Human Welfare (HCHW) conducted a study on understanding the economics of beggary in the Twin-cities. The survey was released in a book titled ‘Beggars in Hyderabad-A Study on Understanding the Economics of Beggary in Hyderabad-An Insight into Rehabilitation Possibilities’.
HCHW director and author Mohammed Rafiuddin said there were 10,466 beggars in the city. Of them, 53 per cent earn between Rs 900 and Rs 2,400 per month. The per capita income of beggars was Rs 41 per day out of which 33 per cent was spent on entertainment, personal habits, including drugs, and only 20 per cent on food.
The richest beggar in Hyderabad earns close to Rs 4,000 per month by seeking alms either at the Nampally dargah or Sai Baba temple in