Seven minor Pahariya girls rescued, traffickers escape
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