Interview: Union Minister of State Munjpara Mahendra Bhai said – there is no negligence in finding the lost children

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The Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development said that there is no laxity in finding the missing children. The campaign is gaining momentum day by day. He said in an interview that about 90 percent of the children have been traced, these figures are very good as compared to the previous years.

The issue of missing children was raised in the Parliament in the last three years. The opposition asked how many children were separated from their families and how many were traced. On which the government presented a report with figures. According to the data, not even a single child went missing in four states and the maximum number of children went missing from Madhya Pradesh. In terms of finding children, the administrative statistics are definitely satisfactory, but not satisfactory? Journalist Dr. Ramesh Thakur had a detailed conversation with Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Munjpara Mahendra Bhai on all issues, such as where are the shortcomings and what are the plans ahead, here are the main parts of the conversation.

Question: Seeing the statistics that have been told in the cases of finding children, there is apathy among them?

Answer- There is no laxity in finding the missing children at the government and administrative level. The campaign is gaining momentum day by day. During the Corona period and after that, that is, in three years, about 1.5 lakh children from all over the country were separated from their families, in which about 90 percent children have been found, these figures are very good as compared to the previous years. But our aim is that no child should go missing, even if it is due to some reason, it should be found at all costs.

Question: Nothing is impossible in the technological age, yet the figures are not 100%?

Answer- We have the data of the Aadhaar card of the missing children who have not been found, through them we will reach each and every child. More children are disappearing from the states adjacent to the border. Like West Bengal where the situation has never been better. There is some information which shows that most of the children there are disappeared and sent to the neighboring country Bangladesh, they are forced to beg. This angle is being investigated. Some people force children to beg, we are keeping a strict watch on such people. Actually, there will be consciousness at the social level against this evil practice.

Question: Your ministry has created ‘Track Child Portal’, what is its purpose?

Answer- The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has prepared a ‘Track Child Portal’ to search for missing children, in which complete information is recorded regarding those children, who were either separated from their loved ones, or suddenly disappeared. Has happened. With this track and all the modern techniques, finding children has now become much easier than before. Almost all children who have been separated from their families are traced. However, tracking and locating children who are kidnapped or captured can be a bit of a challenge. Incidents of children being stolen and the trend of child pornography are also a matter of concern. We are working towards a complete ban on this.

Question: The problem of child trafficking is also spreading rapidly?

Answer- Yes. This big problem has emerged. According to intelligence reports, many hidden gangs of child trafficking are active in different parts of India. There are more in those places where there is absence of poverty and illiteracy. In rich-educated states, this act is negligible. Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Seven Sisters states in the current report did not have a single child missing in the last few years. In this, the vigilance of the governments was good and also the awareness of the parents. Out of the 1 lakh 46 thousand 316 missing children, 1 lakh 28 thousand 667 children have been traced in the figures available from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022.

Question: Is the begging mafia system also active in India?

Answer- Look, most of the children do not beg out of their own free will. They are puppets in the hands of organized mafias. It is a major problem in Bihar, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bihar, New Delhi and Odisha. Along with government strictness, we all will be aware of this problem at the social level as well. Unless collective consciousness and vigilance increases, this process is not going to stop easily? We should talk to the children begging on the street, find out whether they have come to this work of their own free will. Then, if you have the slightest doubt, report it immediately. By doing this, we will also fulfill the duty of being a responsible citizen.

-Doctor. Ramesh Thakur

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