To trace out the missing children, children involved in child labour, bonded labour, micro industries, begging and trafficked children, rescue them and restore them to their parents and family members, every year, Operation Smile is conducted during January for a period of one month and Operation Muskan during July for a period of one month by the police and all other concerned departments.
Since January, 2015, till now 4 such operations have been conducted and more than 22,000 children were rescued and restored to their families. Children from different States are rescued and relocated to their parents. Relevant cases were registered and investigated into.
Today Operation Smile –V was launched at DG Conference Hall. The ADG, CID, Sri Govind Singh, IPS, IG, L&&;O, Women Safety, Smt. Swati Lakra, IPS, SP, WPC Smt. Sumathi, IPS, Smt. Lakshmi, JD W&CWD, Dy. Commissioner, Labour Dept., Sri Philips from Child line, Representatives from UNICEF, Deputy Director, Health and officers from other departments were part of the programme.
Police Officers from the entire State of Telangana participated. Total 174 Officers, 08 Addl. SsP, 08 DySsP, 19 Inspectors, and 90 SIs and other Officers participated in the session.
Training is provided to the officers on the procedures to be followed in tracing our the missing children, conducting rescue operations for children involved in begging, street children, children involved in hazardous industries, bonded labour etc., and how to relocate them to their parents or family members. Various issued involved in the operations, practical problems, how to tackle etc., were discussed.
Coordination with other departments like W & CWD, Labour, Health, CWC, Child line, NGOs etc., who to take the programme forward, standard operating procedures to be followed to trace out missing children and other related aspects were dealt with.
“Darpan”, the Facial Recognition Tool developed by the Telangana Police was also given to the officers of all units so that, children could be traced.
The programme will continue for a month and all the departments concerned will work in coordination to trace out the missing children and restore them.