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20,112 missing kids reunited with families in Maha: Minister

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

More than 20,000 missing children were located and reunited with their families in under an initiative launched by the government, the was informed today.

of State for Home said 20,112 missing children were rescued and handed over to their families under "Operation Muskan".

Speaking during discussion on a calling attention notice, he said CCTV cameras would be set up in localities reporting missing cases.

Focus would on slum areas where a large number of minor girls reside, he told the

The calling attention notice was moved by (Shiv Sena) who said incidents of children and women going missing are on the rise in

The said between 2014 and 2016, 32,598 people up to the age of 60 years went missing. Of these, 29,505 were traced.

Patil said in order to trace missing persons, all police stations in have been given Standing Operating Procedure (SOP) to be followed.

As per directives, a kidnapping offence in filed in case a child under the age of 18 goes missing.

If such children are not traced within four months of filing of the case, the matter is transferred to the Anti- Human Trafficking Unit of the police, the said.

Replying to another calling attention notice that highlighted the problems faced by senior citizens, Social said the age at the which a person is classified as a senior citizen has been lowered to 60 from 65 earlier.

The government has launched several schemes for the welfare of senior citizens, he said.

Opposition members were not satisfied with the reply and demanded that the notice be withheld, a request accepted by

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 17:55 IST