Ranchi Railway Station to become child-friendly

Ranchi (R): Under the railway ministry’s standard operating procedure (SOP) to ensure care and protection of children at railway stations to deal with the problem of trafficking earlier this year, 20 railway stations were selected to be made child-friendly in the first phase, including Ranchi railway station.

The railway ministry has made Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (JSCPCR) the nodal office to look into the proceedings. A kiosk was set up for registering complaints by JSCPCR on July 1 at the station and is being manned by two volunteers from Childline NGO.

JSCPCR member Sanjay Mishra said: “While the kiosk is now operational, the whole programme will be formally inaugurated by the chief minister sometime before July 14. A child-friendly station will help curb child trafficking as most children are taken to metros from Ranchi.”

The Childline NGO voluneteers will keep vigil on children who seem to be lost or spotted being accompanied by a ‘suspicious’ person. If the volunteers spot such children, they would be required to approach the child with government railway police or railway police force officers. They would also be expected to take the child for counseling if the situation demands.

Under the SOP, the 20 selected railway stations should construct a special playroom where rescued children can stay, eat and play.

“After the formal inauguration, a meeting with divisional railway managers of Ranchi, Chakradharpur, Dhanbad and Asansol division will be held to inform them about the system. A training session will be held with GRP, RPF and other railway officials including TTEs to give them information on how the system functions and how they will contribute to it,” said Mishra.

JSCPCR plans to replicate the same model in seven other railway stations, including Jasidih, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Jamshedpur, Daltongunj, Chakradharpur and Koderma.