Operation Muskan-2 – Programme to trace missing children
Operation Muskan-2, an initiative to trace missing and destitute children and reunite them with parents, was in news in first week of August 2016. It came into news after Odisha Crime Branch in its first phase of Operation traced and rescued about 1051 children.
The Operation Muskan which was started on 25 July 2016 jointly by the Crime Branch in association with Women and Child Development Department has rescued these children from various places across the state.
The southern Odisha district Ganjam topped the list with the rescue of 93 children followed by Jajpur (87), Dhenkanal (79), Kendrapara (69) and Nayagarh (65).
Special DG Crime branch B K Sharma said the next phase of operation will resume outside Odisha from 9 August 2016. Under the second phase, the police teams will go to 10 states, including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu, Bihar and trace out the missing children of Odisha. The second phase operation will end on August 24.
As per the direction of the Supreme Court for protection of missing children, the Odisha police have launched a month-long drive called 'Operation Muskan' each year in two phases since 2015. Notably, under Operation Muskan-I, the Odisha police have rescued 900 children in 2015 from both inside and outside Odisha.
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