The Asian Age

Guide­lines to trace miss­ing kids

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

To prompt re­newed ef­forts to trace chil­dren miss­ing in Delhi — which has one of the high­est num­bers of miss­ing chil­dren in the coun­try — the city ad­min­is­tra­tion is widen­ing the ex­ist­ing restora­tion process, and for­mu­lat­ing new guide­lines, stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures ( SOPs) for restor­ing chil­dren back to their fam­i­lies. The depart­ment of woman and child de­vel­op­ment ( WCD) along with the Delhi po­lice is also set to launch a what- sapp group for in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion among them.

For speed­ing up the process of trac­ing miss­ing chil­dren, the depart­ment of woman and child de­vel­op­ment ( WCD) has also con­sti­tuted three work­ing groups that would for­mu­late and sub­mit the ac­tion plans de­vel­oped by them to the di­rec­tor ( WCD) within one month’s time.

“A se­ries of meet­ings are be­ing held in the depart­ment for re­view of the ex­ist­ing restora­tion process and for­mu­lat­ing guide­lines, SOPs for restor­ing chil­dren back to their fam­i­lies in an ex­pe­di­tious man­ner,” Sat­bir Bedi, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary of so­cial wel­fare and WCD, said.

Ms Bedi said the SOPs de­vel­oped for chalk­ing out the steps in­volved in restora­tion process would also spec­ify time­line for each and ev­ery ac­tion re­quired to be car­ried out at var­i­ous stages, “so that all work is car­ried out in a time bound man­ner and re­spon­si­bil­ity is fixed for de­lays, if any.”

The of­fi­cial said that in or­der to de­velop a con- crete plan of ac­tion and to speed up the process of restora­tions, time­line has been fixed and three work­ing groups have been con­sti­tuted for de­vel­op­ing strate­gic frame­work for mak­ing po­lice net­work more re­spon­sive and in­volved in trac­ing fam­i­lies of miss­ing chil­dren in a time bound man­ner; stream­lin­ing the pro­cesses be­ing fol­lowed by child wel­fare com­mit­tees for restora­tion of chil­dren; and for re­view­ing the process of restora­tion in res­i­den­tial in­sti­tu­tions be­ing run by the depart­ment.

 ?? — PTI ?? Union health min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han in­ter­acts with health of­fi­cials dur­ing a visit to the CGHS dispensary at North Av­enue in New Delhi on Mon­day.
— PTI Union health min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han in­ter­acts with health of­fi­cials dur­ing a visit to the CGHS dispensary at North Av­enue in New Delhi on Mon­day.

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