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Mouse help for missing children

Citizens can soon help the state track missing, vulnerable and out-of-school children with the click of a mouse.

A team of Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (JSCPCR), which went to Karnataka and saw a software used to track out-of-school children, has asked the state HRD to develop similar technology here.

And, following orders from National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the state child rights panel is also teaming up with departments of home, HRD and social welfare and women and children development to get data uploaded on the national portal to track missing and vulnerable children.

JSCPCR chairperson Rooplakshmi Munda spoke on the twin initiatives at an awareness meet on RTE violation and child rights in the city on Friday.

“We visited Karnataka this April and were impressed by their software developed under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to track out-of-school children on www.ssakarnataka.gov.in. The software gives a platform for public vigilance. Anyone who notices such kids can upload information via the software for authorities to act swiftly,” JSCPCR chairperson Rooplakshmi Munda, in the city for an awareness session on RTE violation and child rights, said.

“We will hold meeting with HRD officials and ensure a software is developed in our state on the lines of the one in Karnataka. We want children out of school to be tracked, recovered and mainstreamed,” she said.

On the NCPCR directive, Munda said the state outfit had been asked to involve all government departments concerned as well as NGOs to upload data on missing children on national portal www.trackthemissingchild.gov.in. A central initiative, the portal has data on missing children and those staying at childcare shelters, as well as tracking them under Integrated Child Protection Scheme.

The team later in the evening also visited the remand home at Ghaghidih.