New Delhi: The alarming increase in the number of sex workers has raised several fingers over the various projects being run in the country to eradicate the social evil.

In an affidavit filed by the Union government in the Supreme Court, it has accepted that the rehabilitation plans related to sex workers have failed to derive the desired results.

The government informed the Supreme Court of the 153 plans being run under the Ujjawala Scheme in 17 states to rehabilitate the sex workers. The Scheme was launched in 2007 with the intention to prevent, rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate the sex workers. The government accepted shortcomings in the implementation of the plan as the funds granted by the Centre were not properly utilised for the purpose.

The Union government presented the details of Ujjawala Scheme in the Apex Court for the rehabilitation of sex workers. The scheme has been divided in five parts while the Centre provides funds on the recommendations of the state.

The court had asked the states and the Central government to introduce vocational training for the sex-workers to encourage them join the mainstream of society.

A 50 percent rise has been recorded in the number of women involved in the flesh trade during 1997-2000, which includes 36 percent minor girls. No state is free from the sex trade menace, whereas Mumbai and Delhi are major centres of the racket. The numbers of sex workers have doubled in six metro cities in the last decade.

The survey carried out by the Village Planning Center under the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare has found 28 lakh sex workers in the country of which 36 percent are minors.

(JPN/Bureau)