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Friday , December 7 , 2012
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Help for kids at station

Children loitering at Dhanbad railway station have found a friend in the men in uniform.

Dhanbad Railway Protection Force has roped in Delhi-based NGO Railway Children India to protect and rehabilitate the kids found begging at the station so that they don’t get lured into the world of crime and drug. The NGO will find means of livelihood for these children through training and other assistance.

Senior executive Kiran Jyoti visited Dhanbad station on Thursday, where she met around 35 to 45 children.

Later, Jyoti said that Dhanbad RPF commandant Shashi Kumar had called her to identity the homeless children who needed to be rehabilitated. “Many of these children have families but they don’t want to go back home from where they have fled, fearing rebuke. I told them the dos and don’ts to keep oneself safe,” she added.

The NGO member also chalked out strategies with the RPF men to send back the children. “I will be coming back after a fortnight for the next stage of counselling. As of now, we are planning to make the children employable. For example, they can be given stationery items to sell at the station or a cobbler’s kit. We are also planning training for them,” Jyoti said.