As per the direction of the MHA. The CID started the ‘Operation Muskaan’ as the issue of missing children in Jharkhand represented one of the important challenges facing the police department. With rising numbers over a period of time it was felt that a comprehensive operation be launched to tackle this issue of policing in the state. The objectives of the ‘Operation Muskan’ were: (1) Rescue and Rehabilitation of the missing children. (2) Integrating the activities with Child protection activities in the state.(3) Capacity building of district level SJPU to tackle the issue of missing children. (4) Develop greater co-ordination of Social Welfare department functionaries, CWCs, SJPUs, NGOs and community organizations at district level as part of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme operational throughout the country.
The Status of Children Rescue/Recovery during Operation Smile (1st Jan to 15th May 2015), Operation Muskaan (1st July to 6 August 2015) and Operation Smile-II (1st Jan to 9th Feb 2016) of Jharkhand are as follows:
- Operation Muskaan (Phase-I) Total Rescued/ Found – 778
- Operation Muskaan (Phase-II) Total Rescued/ Found – 660
- Operation Muskaan (Phase-III) Total Rescued/ Found – 484
Total Rescued/ Found First, Second and Third phase (Inside State + Outside State) = 1922