Bhubaneswar, August 10: The Operation Muskan 2 started by Odisha Crime Branch successfully rescued 1,051 missing children from various places across the state, in its first phase. This operation was started on July 25 jointly by the Crime Branch in association with the Women and Child Development Department to rescue the children safely.
The next phase of operation will resume outside Odisha from Wednesday where the police teams will go to 10 states, including Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Jharkhand Tamil Nadu and Bihar and trace out the missing children of Odisha. The second phase operation will end on August 24, informed B.K. Sharma Special DG Crime branch.
The Supreme Court directed the Odisha police for protection of missing children. Followingthe orders, Odisha police have launched a month-long drive called 'Operation Muskan' each year in two phases since 2015. They were successful in rescuing 900 children from both inside and outside Odisha from 2015.
The objectives of the ‘Operation Muskan’ are to Rescue and Rehabilitation of the missing children, Integrating the activities with Child protection activities in the state, Capacity building of district level SJPU to tackle the issue of missing children, Develop greater co-ordination of Social Welfare department functionaries, CWCs, SJPUs, NGOs and community organizations at district level as part of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme operational throughout the country.