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Trafficking action plan

Ranchi July 3: The social welfare department today unveiled a to-do list for the current financial year that will help it combat trafficking and migration in the state.

Social welfare secretary Rajiv Arun Ekka shared the scheduled activities with mediapersons at Project Building in the state capital this evening. Rahul Sharma, secretary of labour department, which will work in tandem with welfare officials, was present at the meet along with labour commissioner Manish Ranjan.

Ekka said the state government would come up with a resource centre for trafficked and migrated girls in New Delhi. This apart, Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) will be strengthened in every block of Jharkhand.

“The department will also come up with Village Child Protection Committees that will maintain a register of families going out of villages for work. The committees will have anganwadi sevikas, ward members, mukhiyas and mata samiti president as their members,” Ekka said.

Those leaving the village will be provided a special identity card by the labour department. The card will have important numbers that can be contacted in case of need.

“Our department will undertake massive awareness activities across the state in this financial year to stop trafficking and also to ensure safe migration,” Ekka added.

Sharma, on his part, said the labour department would focus more on an International Labour Organisation-sponsored programme, Work in Freedom.

Under this initiative, girls of Gumla, Khunti and Ranchi (rural), who are working as domestic helps or in the garment sector, would be trained on safe working conditions.

Both the secretaries said they would work in close co-ordination with the rural development and agriculture departments for employment generation.

The initiatives assume extreme significance in the light of a spurt in trafficking incidents that have shown Jharkhand in poor light.

Among recent cases, the rescue of 128 Godda children from a station in Kerala, where they were supposed to be put into orphanagaes, created outrage.