- Rescue and Rehabilitation of the missing Children by reuniting with parents
- Prevent Child Trafficking, Begging and other anti-social activities.
- 2793 Children rescued and tested for Covid-19
- 2,560 reunited with Parents
Develop greater coordination of social welfare department functionaries, NGOs and community organisations as a part of integrated Child Protection Scheme
Operation Muskan launched by the Andhra Pradesh director-general of police (DGP), Gautam Sawang, on 14th July is not just rescuing street children but also testing them for Covid-19. A total of 2793 rescued children were tested for Covid-19, including 2398 boys and 341 girls. Out of them 47 from other states. Three children who tested positive, one from Vizianagaram and two from Prakasam, are receiving the necessary treatment. Tests for the others are underway.
This campaign is part of a broader effort ‘Operation Muskaan,’ – an initiative by the Union government to trace, rescue and rehabilitate missing children. Some of the children, reported missing over a period of time, were reunited with their families while the other had been admitted to rescue homes. One among them is Bobba Srinivas, a boy who escaped from home and reached Vijayawada in 2016, was taken into custody of the police and shifted to a child home. Srinivas is a fourth grader. Operation Muskan team traced the boy’s mother in West Godavari district administration with information given by Srinivas. The mother, Srilatha, was overjoyed to learn of the baby’s whereabouts four years later. The mother thanked the police and the child home administrator for taking her estranged son to Chennai.
As part of the campaign, the rescue team would comprise of Crime Investigation Department (CID), Department of Women and Child Welfare, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), members from the health department will trace child labourers, homeless children at bus stands, religious places, railway stations and other public places and get their Covid-19 tests done in nearby hospitals.
DGP Sawang had instructed that state-run rehabilitation centres to ensure that education is provided. While 2,560 of them have been handed over to their respective families, 179 have been accommodated in state-run child care homes under the supervision of relevant experts, according to a statement from the state government. The operation, which is in its sixth-phase, will continue till July 20.
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