West Bengal to sign MoUs with other states to combat trafficking

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 16:27

Kolkata: To facilitate rescue of trafficked victims, the West Bengal government is trying to sign MoUs with other states.

State Children and Women`s Welfare Minister Shashi Panja said they had recently signed one such Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maharashtra and are now trying to sign MoUs with other states.

"That helps in tracking and rescuing the victims. Our focus is on prevention of trafficking and reintegration of the victim with their families. We lag behind when it comes to prosecution of offenders. Offenders comes out free and then goes back to work as usual," she said at an event here.
The government has already formed a trafficking advisory committee and a task force to deal with the issue.

The guidelines on child protection committee was also released today.
Under the integrated child protection scheme, these committees play a vigilant role to combat human trafficking at the gram panchayat, village, block, district and state levels.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 16:27

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