HYDERABAD: Various departments of Telangana government have joined hands to trace missing children as part of ‘Operation Muskaan,’ a project implemented throughout India following a directive from the Central government.
As part of the month-long mission which started on July 1 in Hyderabad, 37 children were rescued till Thursday. Children found at railway stations and streets were rescued. The CID branch of Telangana Police along with departments of Labour, Revenue, Women and Child Welfare and Hyderabad district administration has launched an operation to trace missing chidren.
As it is a tough task to elicit information from children, counsellors are helping to collect details. The information gathered will be verified with that uploaded in the website trackthemissingchild.gov.in. Parents will be traced and children will be handed over to them.
The rescued children were all from Telangana. Boys were accommodated at Government Children’s Home for Boys at Saidabad and girls were taken to Girls’ Home at Nimboliadda.
In January, a similar initiative titled ‘Operation Smile’ was conducted in the state. Though children were rescued, there were problems in providing accommodation to them. The government homes were not able to provide shelter to all, as the number of children exceeded the available capacity.
Officials claimed there would be no such issues this time. “A meeting of the departments concerned was held before launching ‘Operation Muskaan’. Right now, 147 children are accommodated at the home for boys. We can provide shelter for more,” said A Naveen Kumar, deputy superintendent, Government Children’s Home for Boys.
Another official said that the boys who will be rescued from Saturday will be accommodated at the rescue home run by Women and Child Welfare Department at Kukatpally, which has space to accommodate about 500 people.
- Operation Muskaan to trace missing children
- 37 children rescued in two days from the city
- Month long operation jointly carried out by Police, departments of Labour, Revenue, Women and Child Welfare and district administration
- Rescued Children to be produced before district Child Welfare Committees.
- Accommodation Provided at govt homes