Mentioning that no civilized society can bear such inhuman practices, Shri Rajnath Singh said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has put in place an effective mechanism and some remarkable achievements have been made to check this menace. He said the MHA is working on a revised scheme to strengthen the Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs) with the cooperation of the various State Governments. Underlining the role of various stakeholders including the NGOs especially in the rehabilitation of rescued victims, Shri Rajnath Singh said it is equally essential to have a nodal coordinating agency for the purpose and the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) project will also prepare a database on criminals engaged in human trafficking.
The Union Home Minister said India has recently signed an MoU with Bangladesh to check human trafficking and share information on perpetrating agencies or individuals. Shri Rajnath Singh hoped a similar agreement could be signed with Nepal.
On the occasion, the Union Home Minister gave away awards to the top performers of Operation Smile from States and Union Territories. Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Shri V. Somasundaram, Director CBI, Shri Anil Kumar Sinha and senior officials of MHA and MWCD were present.