Seven mi­nor Pa­hariya girls res­cued, traf­fick­ers es­cape

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Front Page - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htjhark­[email protected]­dus­tan­ ■ Sub­hash Mishra htjhark­[email protected]­dus­tan­ ■

RANCHI: Pakur po­lice res­cued seven mi­nors of Pa­haria tribe—a par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble tribal group (PVTG)—who were be­ing traf­ficked to Chen­nai via Kolkata to work as do­mes­tic helps, of­fi­cials said on Fri­day.

Pakur su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice, Shailen­dra Prasad Barn­wal said that gov­ern­ment rail­way po­lice (GRP) at Howrah had de­tained a traf­ficker who was trans­port­ing the seven mi­nors.

How­ever, the man later es­caped who was nabbed by the GRP for his sus­pi­cious move­ments.

Ear­lier on De­cem­ber 3, po­lice had ar­rested two traf­fick­ers and res­cued 14 mem­bers of the Pa­haria com­mu­nity who were be­ing traf­ficked to metro cities and Bangladesh.

On be­ing ques­tioned, the mi­nors re­vealed their res­i­den­tial ad­dress at Lit­ti­para in the dis­trict.

“A po­lice team then brought them to Pakur on Thurs­day, fol­low­ing which their state­ments were recorded be­fore a mag­is­trate. The mi­nors were then handed over to Child Wel­fare Com­mit­tee on Fri­day,” he said.

Vinod Pra­manik, CWC mem­ber at Pakur said that the mi­nors were promised a salary of Rs 8,000 each month to work as do­mes­tic helps in Chen­nai. The par­ents of the mi­nors knew that they were taken to Chen­nai, he said.

Pra­manik said that lack of a sta­ble source of liveli­hood along with il­lit­er­acy was a ma­jor rea­son for par­ents agree­ing to al­low traf­fick­ers to trans­port their mi­nor chil­dren to var­i­ous metropoli­tan cities across the coun­try. DHAN­BAD: Tak­ing se­ri­ous note of the tar­di­ness in cover­ing chil­dren un­der the measles-rubella (MR) vac­ci­na­tion drive in the state, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary (health) Nitin Madan Kulka­rni has called an emer­gency meet­ing with of­fi­cials of the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) and the state health depart­ment. The meet­ing will as­sess the sit­u­a­tion and de­vise ways to meet the vac­ci­na­tion tar­get; the dead­line has long been over­shot.

The MR vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign was launched in Jhark­hand on July 26 this year and, as per the plan, all 24 dis­tricts had to im­mu­nise the tar­get groups of chil­dren within 30 work­ing days. But, till Novem­ber 30, the state has achieved only 79.4% of the tar­get.

At a re­view meet­ing held in Oc­to­ber, Na­tional Health Mis­sion (NHM) man­ag­ing di­rec­tor KN Jha gave 15 days’ time to un­der­per­form­ing dis­tricts to meet the tar­get, but the re­sults are still not what they should be.

Speak­ing of this on Fri­day, a se­nior of­fi­cial of the state im­mu­ni­sa­tion cam­paign said, “The (health) sec­re­tary has called a meet­ing with of­fi­cials of the health depart­ment and WHO to chalk out a plan for im­prov­ing the MR vac­ci­na­tion process.”

The point of con­cern, said the of­fi­cial, was that four big dis­tricts — Dhan­bad, Ranchi, Jamshed­pur, and Bokaro — had shown be­low par per­for­mance in ex­e­cut­ing the pro­gramme.

How­ever, dis­trict health of­fi­cials in Dhan­bad, Ranchi, and Jamshed­pur claimed on Fri­day that they had cov­ered al­most 90% of the tar­get groups of chil­dren till De­cem­ber 7, and would cover

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