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Punjab Government to introduce app to locate missing kids

Amna Ansar Jan 20, 2018
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Keeping in view the recent tragedies within the country, Punjab government has decided to introduce an app to locate missing kids. The system introduced would be based on the AMBER (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response).

Chief Minister of Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif established a sub-committee. The committee chaired by the Chairperson of Child Protection Welfare and Bureau (CPWB). Furthermore, CM directed Pubjab Safe Cities Authority, Punjab Information and Technology Board (PITB), Punjab Police and CPWB to make certain rules, and policies for the issues of children in the province.

Keeping in view the directions of the CM, a meeting was held at the Office of Punjab Safe City Authority at Qurban Lines. Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Zakriya Zakir, PITB Assistant Director Rana Muhammad Arif, DIG Police Sohail Sukhera, Public Prosecutor Joint Director Hasnain Iqbal, Punjab Safe City Authority Deputy Director Umair Ayub, National Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Chaudhry Muhammad Shafiq and others, attended the meeting. Meeting was headed by Saba Sadiq.

During meeting the launch of Amber alert system, formulation of Information Technology protocols foe the safety of schools, parks, hospitals and other public places, and formulation of SOPs for the protection of little ones was determined.

During meeting a draft was presented to the participants of meeting regarding the Amber Alert. It was presented that PITB will develop the software. The software will let know police first when child will be missing. Then police will create an alert which will include the age, physical features, area and other basic information of the child.

The alert created would be sent to the Punjab Safe Cities Authority, local police, Patrolling Police, Traffic Police, Child Protection and Welfare Bureau and media in order to locate the child.

Furthermore, locals will get the alert on their mobile or via their emails. Hope so this initiative will minimize mishaps of children in future and will aid to locate the missing kids.

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