PUDUCHERRY:The month-long ‘Operation Muskaan’ launched with the aim of collecting details about the abandoned street children and cataloguing them as part of the nation-wide efforts is quietly progressing in the UT.
One of the objectives of the drive, which began on July 1, is to ensure that missing children are traced and reunited with their families. On the instructions of the Home Ministry IGP Praveer Ranjan, entrusted CB-CID as the nodal agency for collection of details of the children. SP (CB-CID) S Venkatasamy told Express that teams have been formed at sub divisional level and they are conducting searches at public places, like bus stand, railway station and quizzing the street children and photographing them. He said the CB-CID personnel had completed the visit to 37 out of the 41 licensed childcare homes and collected details of the orphans living there. He said the details, including photograph, will be uploaded in the child tracking website www.trackthemissingchild.gov.in , which has a national data base. People, whose children are missing, may visit this website, compare the details, and if these match then they could approach the police here.
Explaining the modus operandi, he said the personnel will approach the street children and quiz them in a friendly manner. Extracting information from the street children is very difficult as some of them may be on influence of drugs.