New Delhi, December 9: Central Minister of State for Women and Child Development Krishna Raj on Thursday informed Rajya Sabha that, a total of 16,877 Women and 12,158 Children are reported to have been rescued from trafficking during 2015. However Data was not received from Odisha for month of June & August.
After rescuing, the ministry have implemented Ujjawala scheme for rehabilitation and reintegration of the victims of trafficking. Minister Krishna Raj also said that the above numbers stated are not the figures said by the government. She presented the report of National Crime Records Bureau in which it has been clearly stated that of 16,877 Women and 12,158 Children are reported to have been rescued from trafficking during 2015.
Ujjawala’ is a comprehensive scheme implemented by the Ministry for prevention of trafficking, with components – Prevention, Rescue, Rehabilitation, Re-Integration and Repatriation of victims of trafficking. The scheme has been conceived primarily for the purpose of preventing trafficking on the one hand and rescue and rehabilitation of victims on the other. During the year 2016-17 the total no of Ujjawala projects across India is 290 and total Budget Estimate for the Scheme is Rs 35 crores.
As per Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India, Police is a state subject and as such registration, investigation and prevention of crime like human trafficking is primarily the responsibility of state govt. concerned. However Govt. of India has taken various steps to combat trafficking and has issued several advisories to the State/ UT govt. from time to time.