The state government finally seems to have woken up to the menace of human trafficking and is rolling out plans to tackle it. To begin with, a sensitisation programme for all the stakeholders of seven bordering districts of Uttar Pradesh will be conducted on June 11 through video conferencing and field level training sessions.
A special training programme will also be conducted for all 35 anti human trafficking units of the state police and ‘Operation Muskaan’ will be launched from July 1 to trace and rescue missing children, said sources at the home department. These decisions were taken at a meeting of officials of home department and NGOs on Thursday.
It may be noted that the state government swung into action only after Hindustan Times highlighted the issue of trafficking through a series of news stories from across the state.
Also on the cards is a detailed state-wide training program that would cover the districts in a systematic manner, involving not only the police officers but all stakeholders like special juvenile police units, local NGOs, officers of women and child department, district legal services authority, child line, transport, railway, SSB etc. The initiative would be carried out in the next four months, say officials of the home department.
A state advisory committee under the chairmanship of principal secretary home along with members from relevant departments and stakeholders will oversee all these programmes to tackle the menace of human trafficking.
A Special Task Force will also be constituted to monitor and review the targets and programmes at frequent intervals, under the leadership of home department.
On the model of the Chattisgarh and Delhi’s Acts to regulate placement agencies indulging in human trafficking, an act for the state of UP is also proposed to be rolled out soon.
MoUs with neighbouring states of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chattisgrah may also be on the cards to facilitate better inter-state coordination in tackling human trafficking.