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Kolkata Core Group on Anti Human Trafficking meets the second time and takes concrete steps ahead
The Kolkata Core Group on Anti Human Trafficking, set up
S16, as a part of the post-GIFT Initiative, involving the corporate and industrial houses of Kolkata, the police officers of Kolkata police, civil society partners of Kolkata and UNODC officials, had a second meeting at the office of the Commissioner of Police Kolkata on 21 January 2008. The meeting was chaired by the Commissioner of Police and Dr. P. M. Nair, Project Coordinator, UNODC. Besides a review and follow up of the decisions of the previous meeting, this meeting decided to take positive steps ahead. Some of the initiatives are as follows:
It was decided that the film
'One Life, No Price', will be converted into a film format with Bangla subtitles and widely disseminated. Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) agreed to support the programme. The process has commenced with the UNODC linking the CII officials with the film producer of Touchriver films. The Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, as the licensing authority, has agreed to direct all film theatres in Kolkata (more than 50 theatres) to show this film (Bangla version) during their daily shows. Similar efforts will be taken with other theatres in the other parts of West Bengal too.
Some of the posters will be translated into Bangla and one of the corporates has come forward to support this. They were also put in touch with the printer in Hyderabad.
Meeting in the conference hall of the Kolkata Police Headquarters, chaired by the Commissioner of Police of Kolkata and attended by the Project Coordinator UNODC, Regional Director Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Chief of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Secretary General of Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and Regional Head of ITC
One of the major initiatives taken up in this core group meeting was to enlist the support of the corporates in the process of rehabilitation of the rescued trafficked victims. After a lot of deliberations, it was agreed upon that the corporates will support education of 50 rescued trafficked children and employment of 50 rescued trafficked women. In order to identify the beneficiaries, two NGOs (Sanlaap and Women's Coordinating Council) were identified to prepare a list of such persons who had been rescued during the last one year and thereupon meet with the Human Relations Representative of the corporates. This meeting has been scheduled in the office of the commissioner of Police in the second week of February 2008. During this meeting, the list will be exchanged by the NGOs with the corporates. Thereafter the corporates will support the counseling and interviewing of the rescued persons to identify their needs so that an appropriate decision regarding education/ employment could be taken keeping in view the 'best interest of the victim' concerned.