Mr. Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister, has launched a web portal PENCIL to eradicate the menace of Child Labour from our society in New Delhi on 26th September, 2017.
The portal will be helpful for effective implementation of National Child Labour Project (NCLP).
The acronym PENCIL stands for Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour, which is developed by the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE).
Components of PENCIL portal
The PENCIL portal has five components:
- Child Tracking System
- Complaint Corner
- State Government
- National Child Labour Project
This portal will connects the Centre to the state government, district and to all project societies and would provide a mechanism for implementation.
Statements regarding child labour
Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister, said:
India is committed to eradicate child labour. Children are the future of country, so it high time we save every child.
He further said:
Child labour is unacceptable in a civilised society. People should take pledge to fight against child labour. It is unfortunate that child labour is still prevailing in the country even after 70 years of independence.
The Central Government is implementing the National Child Labour Project (NCLP ) scheme since 1988 to eliminate child labour. Under the NCLP scheme:
- A survey is conducted to identify child worker and adolescent working in hazardous occupations and processes in a district or a specified area.
- Then, identified children are withdrawn from these occupations & processes, and put into NCLP Special Training Centres.
- In these training centres, children are provided bridge education, vocational training, mid-day meal, stipend, health care and recreation etc. with the ultimate objective of preparing them to be mainstreamed into the formal system of education.
MOLE organised National Conference on Child Labour.
On this occasion, PENCIL Portal was launched & Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). pic.twitter.com/9lXPhvogeF
— Ministry of Labour (@LabourMinistry) September 26, 2017