Training on TrackChild2.0 & Khoya-Paya portals

ITANAGAR, Apr 20: The Department of Women & Child Development, GoAP organized a one-day training programme on TrackChild2.0 and Khoya-Paya (portals) for District Child Protection Officers, Juvenile Justice Boards, Child Welfare Committees, Child Care Institutions and Master Trainers at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun today.

The objectives of the training programme were to complete roll out the system of TrackChild portal for tracking & monitoring of missing children so that a comprehensive system can be used across the State to effectively track every missing child of the State.

It was stated that use of portal TrackChild will facilitate the trainees in respect of online reporting of missing/recovery of children, sharing information amongst all stakeholders instantly, increasing awareness and parent advocacy, integration of the community into the recovery and rehabilitation, and planning & response in well documented manner.

The portal aims at attaining 100% reporting of all cases of “missing/found” children using “police” and “non-police” channels; timely dissemination of information amongst all stakeholders to simulate synchronized “community” response to ensure earliest care to the child in need of care & protection using information & communication technology tools; in-build monitoring mechanism to ensure purity and completeness of data; usage of local language to reach out to the common people; and matching of detailed physical attributes of “missing children” with “found” ones.

In his keynote speech, Jyotish Roy, SIO, NIC, Itanagar said this training programme will give enough confidence to the participants to take forward the implementation of TrackChild project. He informed that this project was started in West Bengal as a pilot project and is now being implemented all over the country due to its success and the urgency concerning the missing children and safety of children.

The Ministry of Women & Child Development has entrusted NIC to design, develop the national tracking system for missing and vulnerable children and to implement it throughout the country. The State govt is to utilize the citizen friendly portals – TrackChild and Khoya-Paya – for uploading data of missing & found children.

With the implementation of integrated child tracking system, reporting of cases has increased manifold and chances of recovery of children have also increased and it has become an effective planning & decision making tool, he added.

Secretary (WCD) Madhu K Garg, in her inaugural speech, underscored the importance of TrackChild and Khoya-Paya portals to track the missing and found children. Sharing her experiences, the Secretary said it becomes very painful for parents when a child goes missing suddenly and they become clueless about the child. Also, when a child runs away from home due to small dispute with parents and fall in the trap of trafficker, the life of the child becomes worse and painful in the custody of trafficker.

She said, the trainees must avail maximum benefit of this training to learn the theoretical and technical knowledge to implement the TrackChild portal and Khoya-Paya portal for tracking the missing and found children and to help such children to reintegrate with the family.

Earlier, the Director of WCD T P Loyi welcomed the participants and dignitaries including the resource persons Dr Subrata Roy Gupta, scientist, NIC-WBSC, Biswadip Biswas, NIC Kolkata, Jyotish Roy, SIO, NIC, Itanagar, and Gyati Doley, principal system analyst of NIC, Itanagar.

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