Cuttack, Aug 5: Scouting different places within the state for last 11 days, joint teams of the Odisha Women and Child Development department and police have rescued at least 626 children, the police said today. These children were away from their families either working as child labourers or begging at railway stations or bus stands.Also Read - Several States Likely to Receive Heavy Rain Today, IMD Issues Orange Alert For Kerala

This was part of Operation Smile, a programme launched by Union Home Ministry three years ago. Over 900 missing children were rescued and rehabilitated by the state government in 2015. This year’s programme started on July 24 and would continue till August 24. While the month-long programme would continue in the state, at least ten teams would go to other states to rescue Odia missing children from August 10, said special DG (crime), B K Sharma. Also Read - Odisha Baker Makes 72-kg Chocolate Sculpture of CM Naveen Patnaik on the BJD chief's 75th Birthday

Personnel from WCD and Odisha Police would be part of these teams and were sensitised at an orientation session held at the police headquarters here today, where senior officials educated the team members about the procedures to be adopted for this sensitive exercise. The teams would leave for different destinations in States like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, New Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal to rescue the missing Odia children. Also Read - Ban on Sale, Use of Firecrackers: How These States Take Strict Measures to Bring Air Pollution Under Control