New Delhi: Four months ago, through 'Operation Smile' Ghaziabad Police recovered 227 missing children within 30 days and now Home Minister Rajnath Singh has decided to ask all states to emulate this campaign.
At least eight states have told the Ministry that they rescued over 2500 missing children in the month of January alone by implementing the campaign of Ghaziabad Police.
As per the report published by ET, the then Home Secretary Anil Goswami wrote a letter on Singh's instruction to all police chiefs of all sates on December 12.
The letter said "Since the Supreme Court has been emphasizing upon the early recovery of all missing children, it is desirable that based on the experience gained in 'Operation Smile', all states may take up this initiative.
The key, the Ministry said, was Ghaziabad cops visiting shelter homes, railway platforms, bus stands, spaces below flyovers and religious places in these cities to find that most children living there were part of the missing children databases.
It added that Ghaziabd Police had sensitized and trained over 100 police officers of various ranks about related to missing children, POSCO Act, Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Child Rights Acts and then sent to various parts of the country including Delhi, Jaipur, Haridwar, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Kolkata to recover missing children in relation to FIRs lodged in Ghaziabad.
The letter said the Ghaziabad Police had found on interaction with children that they had a desire to go back to their parents. "In certain cases, children were not aware of the exact address because they were missing at a very young age.