Bhubaneswar, Oct 1:
The Odisha government is all set to formulate a rehabilitation package for women victims of immoral trafficking and sexual abuse.
This was discussed at the state level coordination committee meeting on combating trafficking of women and children,presided over by chief secretary JK Mohapatra at the State Secretariat here on Tuesday.
During the meeting, the chief secretary asked the Women and Child Development department to develop a centralized call centre facility to be used by persons needing help, integrate this system with the police network with definite time period for response and make point-to-point arrangement like 108 ambulance service system in coordination with the Home department so that any distress call would be addressed immediately.
The system should be developed within three months, the department was told.
It was decided in the meeting that a ground level database of women and child trafficking will be developed with real data from village and panchayat levels.
The chief secretary asked the department to engage specialized agencies for the work and make definite arrangement for the purpose.
The state has launched a centralized web portal of Integrated anti Human Trafficking Units (IATHU) from 31st January, 2013 on which the photographs of missing children are being uploaded to facilitate their tracking.
A similar system will be in place for tracking the women victims.
At present, a total of 11,350 female sex workers have been covered in TI (Targeted Intervention) project through 38 NGOs in urban areas of 25 districts. Apart from this, 1609 female sex workers have been covered through Link Workers Scheme (LWS) in rural areas of 6 districts.
The objective of the proposed scheme will be to rehabilitate the female sex workers after training them in vocational skills and help them become economically self-reliant.
The meeting decided to take steps to strengthen their self-confidence and livelihoods through grants, placement linked training programmes and credit linkages for self ventures.
It also proposed to utilize corpus funds of the Women and Child Development department earmarked for the purpose in these activities.
Among others, principal secretary Home Vipin Saxena, secretary, Women and Child Development Arati Ahuja, secretary, School and Mass Education Usha Padhee, director Odisha Livelihood Mission DVSwami and senior officials of the Home department, UNICEF, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and members of the committee were present at the meeting. (MM)