In an endeavour to spread awareness about large number of vulnerable children coming in contact with Railways as passengers or abandoned, trafficked, runaway children separated from their family, Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board, along with Stuti Kacker, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) launched an awareness campaign on Protection of children in contact with Railways. Dharmendra Kumar, IPS, DG/RPF, Vishwesh Chaube, GM/Northern Railway, R.N.Singh, DRM/Delhi division and other senior officials were also present on this occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board said, “This campaign has been launched to address the issue of protection of Children across the entire railway system & to sensitize all stakeholders, passengers, vendors, porters. Currently, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Railways to ensure Care and Protection of Children in contact with Railways is successfully implemented at 88 stations. Now, we intend to implement in 174 stations.”
Stuti Kacker, Chairperson, NCPCR in her brief address stated that NCPCR is thankful to Ministry of Railways for such collaboration. She added that the support of secondary stakeholders like coolie/porters, vendors at stations is extremely useful in protection of abandoned children. She appreciated the efforts of RPF in taking swift actions to protect the children from trafficking & abuse.