In New Delhi at a function organised at National Media Centre, the Union Minister of Communication & IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi jointly launched the web portal KhoyaPaya to track missing child in India.
This web platform has been developed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) to exchange, directly report, track and upload information on missing and found children.
The KhoyaPaya website is an enabling platform, where citizens can report missing children, as well as sightings of their whereabouts without wasting much time. The ‘Found’ children can also be reported on this web portal. The reporting can be done through text, photographs, videos and other means of transmitting and uploading information to the KhoyaPaya site. Information about missing and sighted children can be uploaded at Khoyapaya.gov.in.
Before uploading information to Kyoyapaya web portal, this website suggest to first dial 100 for police or 1098 for CHILDLINE and then go to the Police station and register an FIR.
Another government owned web portal named ‘Track Child’ which belongs to the Ministry of Home Affairs also related to missing child but in that portal only police communicates with the police. Due to this reason, Track Child is a limited portal.
The new Khoya Paya web portal establishes citizen to citizen contact and allows India to take part in search for missing children.
Speaking on the occasion, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi said that as per the information provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), no of missing children every year is about 70,000. Total recovered children since January 2012 up to April 2015 is 73597 as per the data available on Track Child portal. So a citizen based website to search children can really be helpful in locating the missing children.