The Central Government web portal – Khoya-Paya and Track Child have helped in tracing nearly 1.8 lakh children who went missing since 2012.
Khoya-Paya was set up under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS). The web portal was set up with the idea that the parents who are looking for their missing child can come in touch with the people who report seeing the child. It allows people to create a found or missing report of the child and it can be viewed by other member public.
Krishna Raj the minister of state for women and child development responded to a question asked in Lok Sabha on Friday saying that more than one hundred and thirty million people visited the Track Child portal from January, 2012 to 24th July, 2017.
Nearly five thousand parents and citizens have downloaded the Khoya-Paya app and close to eight thousand people have registered on the website. There are one thousand and eighty eight photos and details of missing children put up on the site and the site has also received information from about seven thousand people who claim to have seen those children.
From 2012 to July 2017, out of 1.8 Lakh children the highest number of children fall from West Bengal (46,152), Madhya Pradesh (21,732), Gujarat (19,717) and Tamil Nadu (6,721)
Since 2015, the ministry of railways has initiated thirty three child help desk at major railway station in fourteen states and union territories.
The NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) had released a data last year, as per that data two out of three missing children remain untraced for about three years. As per ministry of home affairs data there has been 84 percent increase in the number of untraced children in the country from 2013 to 2015. The number of untraced children in 2015 was 62,988 whereas in 2013 it was 34,244.