3355 cases of missing/sighted children closed on the Khoya-Paya Portal till date
The Ministry of Women and Child Development has developed web portals “TrackChild” and “Khoya-Paya” to track the missing and found children. The Khoya-Paya has been integrated as a citizen corner on TrackChild portal. The Ministry has been implementing these web portals in association with various stakeholders including Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Railways, State Governments/UT Administrations, Child Welfare Committees, Juvenile Justice Boards, National Legal Services Authority, etc. Further Ministry is also collobarating with Ministry of Railways to rescue and rehabilitate children in difficult circumstances who come in contact with Railways by setting up child help desks at platforms, so far they have been formed at 33 major stations. The number of website hits reported on TrackChild portal from January, 2012 to March, 2017 (upto 20-03-2017) are 12,62,10,875. A total of 242938 cases of missing children were reported and uploaded on TrackChild portal out of which 170173 cases reported recovered during the period 01.01.2012 to 20.03.2017. Similarly, 992 missing children cases and 6534 sighted children cases were published on Khoya-Paya Portal of WCD Ministry out of which 3355 missing/sighted children cases closed on the portal during the period 02.06.2015 to 20.03.2017. Some of the reasons behind the cases of missing children could be kidnapping, abduction, trafficking, illegal adoption, run away children, due to natural calamities. The Ministry is implementing a centrally sponsored Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) for the improvement in the well being of children in difficult circumstances. Under ICPS, financial assistance is provided to the States/UTs for, inter-alia, undertaking a situational analysis of children in difficult circumstances, for setting up and maintenance of various types of Homes including Children Homes and Specialised Adoption Agencies. Under ICPS institutional care is provided through Child Care Institutions (CCIs). As a rehabilitative measure in these CCIs, children are provided age appropriate education either within the institution or outside in a formal education system through convergence with other schemes and programs of the Government or civil society. Under the non-institutional care component, ICPS provides support for adoption, foster care and sponsorship. This information was given by Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Smt Krishna Raj in reply to a question in Lok Sabha on 24th March 2017.