Shri Suresh Prabhu, Honourable Minister for Railways highlights the issue of runaway children on railway platforms and the government’s efforts to rescue and restore them back to family.
In the message, which comes straight from his heart, he speaks not only about the efforts done by Indian Railways to help these children, but also appeals to parents to take care of their children with love and affection.
“Children who leave their parents and run away from their homes often land up in difficult circumstances. Every day, we contact such children – we believe it is an important duty of ours to restore them to their families. On the stations, there are centres run by NGOs with whom we work so that children can be helped to stay at home in a happy family. If families stay happy, then the nation and the society will remain happy”
Shri Suresh Prabhu
Honourable Minister for Railways
Govt. of India
Through a video message, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Honorable Minister for Women and Child Development, Govt. of India has expressed her concern about runaway and separated children found on railway platforms.
Pledging the ministry’s commitment to help children in contact with railways, she has said that Railway Childline, a joint initiative of the Ministries of Women & Child Development and Railways will be expanded to cover 60 major railway stations soon. Through this expansion, more than 50,000 children can be helped every year.
She has appealed to all citizens to join hands in securing the future of these children as this cannot be the job of one person or the government alone.
“Railway Children” is an award winning Kannada film draws inspiration from the real incidences experienced by the NGO Sathi and from book “Rescuing Railway Children” by Lalitha Iyer and Malcolm Harper. Suvarna News conducted a 3-part interview with award winning child actor Manohara K and director Prithvi Konanur of the film Railway Children.