In a bid to strengthen the functioning of the Child Welfare Committees and the NGOs Shakti Vahini has organized a Consultation on Standard Operating procedures (SOPs) for the Child Welfare Committees and Missing Children Issues in Purnea, Bihar on January 8, 2013. The programme was attended by the Chairpersons and members of the Child Welfare Committees of Purnea, Kishanganj, Katihar, Araria and madepura. The representatives of atleast 22 Non Governmental Organizations and CHILDLINE were also present. Altogether 50 participants attended the programme.
The purpose of organizing the meeting is to discuss the issue of human trafficking with special reference to the cross border trafficking and Missing Children with the stakeholders’ and also to strengthened the link between the source and destination of human trafficking. While discussing the SOPs of Maharashtra and Delhi Mr. Subir Roy, Director (Programmes and Projects) stressed on the powers and Rules of the Child Welfare Committee with special reference to various case studies. In the day long programme the issue of cross border trafficking was discussed at length. Citing some cases of cross border trafficking Mr. Roy said, “Bihar covers international border with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. The area like Jogbani is highly prone to cross border trafficking from Nepal. There should be convergence of all the stakeholders for combating the menace. For the repatriation of the trafficked victims the concerned Embassy or the FRA should be informed.”
Discussions were held on the Supreme Court order on Missing Children and also on the various advisories and protocols of the Government of India.
Mr. Deepak Kumar, Member, Child Welfare Committee, Katihar spoke at length on the NGO and CWC partnership on the issue of Child in Need of care and Protection.
Smt. Kiran Kumari, Chairperson, CWC, Purnea, Smt. Punam Rai, Chairperson, CWC, Araria, Smt. Meera Kumari, Chairperson, CWC, Kishanganj, Smt. Rinku Dutta, Chairperson, CWC, Katihar and Smt. Punam Das Chairperson, CWC, Madepur also Spoke in the Programme.
The meeting was organised as part of PLAN Missing Child Alert Project.