Operation Khushi Launched by Railway Protection Force, South Western Railways
Railway Protection Force (RPF), South Western Railways, launched ‘Operation Khushi’ – Kushiyon ki Rail, an initiative for children of migrant workers. RPF is committed to protecting children from exploitation through their initiative Operation Nanhe Farishte.
In the weeks following the launch of the ‘Shramik Special’ trains for the repatriation of migrant labourers, RPF personnel observed that children of migrants had no access to safety gear and basic necessities like footwear, making them extremely vulnerable. RPF set out to collaborate with different NGOs to provide food packets, snacks and Channapatna toys for the children traveling on these trains.
IJM’s unique contribution was a specially designed activity booklet which included awareness messages, in the backdrop of the Covid19 crisis and its impact. Additionally, colour pencils, footwear for children, water bottles and nutritious snacks for the long journeys home were also provided. Operation Khushi planned to address a total of 5000 children travelling on 100 trains scheduled over the next few weeks. Messages and a short video on caution against human trafficking and child labour were aired in all railway stations. Former Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri. Siddaramaiah graced the operation with his presence at the railway station. The Minister for Railways appreciated the RPF team for their efforts.
As a result of this relationship, RPF has made human trafficking a priority in their initiatives and this event is an evidence of that impetus.