Tribal boy reunited with his family after three years

Eluru Eluru: With the efforts of the District Child Protection Unit, police, ICDS, Child Welfare Committee staff of Howrah (West Bengal) and Eluru district, a boy was reunited with his mother after three years. The 12-year-old boy from Buttaigudem Mandal of Eluru district had left home in 2021. The son had left home, but the mother did not complain to anyone. When someone asked, she said that he had gone to his relative’s house. However, the boy who had left the house appeared at Howrah Railway Station. Seeing the boy alone and suspicious, the policemen of the Railway Department admitted the boy to the local child care organisation ‘ITINDA Community Development Society’ in Howrah. Later, when the DCPU and CWC officials in Howrah were entering the details on the ‘Ghar’ portal, a team of officials from Howrah initially identified the boy as belonging to Eluru district of Andhra Pradesh. It contacted Eluru District Child Welfare Officer Surya Chakraveni over the phone and arranged a video call to know the details of the boy. The Eluru DCPO spoke to the boy and asked him to recall some details like his parents’ names and village, and the boy said that he belonged to the Koya tribal group under KR Puram. Simultaneously, on the orders of Eluru District Collector K Vettri Selvi, under the supervision of District ICDS Project Director K Padmavati and DCPO Surya Chakraveni, investigation was conducted in several villages including several tribal hostels in coordination with ICDS and CDPO staff in Eluru district with the boy’s photograph. Finally, the boy’s mother was found in Buttaigudem. Later, the staff reached Buttaigudem and arranged a group video call with the boy’s mother and son. After identifying the boy’s mother, the Howrah police officials asked her to submit the required documents and send the relevant details to send the boy to Eluru district. Simultaneously, the Howrah Child Care Committee issued an order to send the boy to Eluru district. In this context, the staff brought the boy to Eluru by train on Monday morning, July 8, under the supervision of the concerned officials and produced him before the District Child Welfare Committee here.

Later, on Tuesday morning, the boy was safely handed over to his mother in the presence of District Collector K Vettri Selvi. The collector directed the officials to follow up from time to time and teach the boy any vocational course. The mother was very happy as her son, who was away for a long time, came back to her with the efforts of the officials.

ICDS PD K Padmavathi, DCPO CH Surya Chakraveni, Buttaigudem ICDS supervisor Jhansi, DCPU Protection Officer Srikanth and others were present.

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