Bihar government today informed the Legislative Council that 1667 children have been recovered out of 5527 children that went missing in the state in past three years.
Replying to a query by BJP member Krishna Kumar Singh, in-charge minister for Home Department Bijendra Prasad Yadav said that on the basis of reports received from various districts, a total of 5527 children went missing between 2013 and 2015.
Of 5527 missing children, 1667 children have been released from the clutches of captors by the authorities concerned under Mahavir Abhiyan and Muskan Abhiyan, the minister said.
In order to trace the missing children and their subsequent rehabilitation, special units have been set up in all the 44 police districts including railways, Yadav said adding that special juvenile welfare officer has also been appointed for their rehabilitation on their release.
The minister said that Crime Investigation Department’s weaker section has launched a portal since January 13 last on which it has updated information about 926 missing children.
In response to a query by Leader of Opposition Sushil Kumar Modi in which he wanted to know from the government as whether or not the state govenrment plans to rehabilitate 3342 children who have been kept in remand homes of various states across the country, Yadav said that government would take appropriate action in this regard.
With regard to Kisan Credit Card (KCC) distirbution, Finance Minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui told the upper House that 5.83 lakh KCC have been distributed against the target of 15 lakh KCC in the first nine months of 2015-16, which 38.89 per cent of the target.
Replying to JD(U) member Niraj Kumar’s query on KCC, Finance Minister said that commercial banks were given the target of distributing 9.18 lakh KCC, regional rural banks were given the target of 5.27 lakh KCC while cooperative banks were given the target of 5.03 lakh in 2015-16.
Against the aforementioned target, commercial banks distributed 3.73 lakh KCC, while regional rural banks and cooperative banks distributed 2 lakh and 8224 KCCs respectively, the minister said.