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UP : Abandoned kids to be sent back to their families

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, July 10, 2013
First Published: 12:41 IST(10/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:44 IST(10/7/2013)

Railways has joined hands with child welfare committee to make railway stations safe for children.

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A meeting of senior railway officials and members of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) was held to this effect at the office of divisional railway manager (DRM), northern railway, on Tuesday.

In the meeting, it was decided that CWC members would stay in touch with the railway officials on the station premises on a regular basis to ensure that the abandoned children who work on stations, are sent back to their families.

The railway protection force has been entrusted with creating a photo-based database of all these children.

An awareness programme among vendors, porters and other stakeholders would also be undertaken to serve the goal.

Charbagh railway station is already declared child-friendly as it has roped in an NGO for sensitisation of railway staff and people working at the station on child rights.

“We want to replicate the Charbagh model at all prominent stations,” said senior divisional commercial manager Lucknow, Northern Railway, Ashwini Srivastava.

Pankaj Gangwar, senior divisional security commissioner, NR, Arun Kumar, station manager, Gulzar Ibrahim, chairperson CWC, Vinod Chandra and Anshumali Sharma, CWC members were present during the meeting.

The railway board directives came after a Delhi high court order that directed the rail ministry to ensure protection and care of children on platforms.

As per the guidelines, soon after an abandoned child is found at a railway station, the RPF/GRP/station master should get into action and enquire about the child’s particulars.

Announcements are to be made at the station about the child so that if he has been missing, he can be united with his family.

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