March 24, 2023

Recently, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment informed Rajya Sabha about the PENCIL portal and implementation of the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme.

About PENCIL Portal:

  • Full Name: Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL).
  • Objective: It is a separate online portal to ensure effective enforcement of the provisions of the Child Labour Act and smooth implementation of the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme. 
  • What are the Components? The PENCIL Portal has various components, namely Child Tracking System, Complaint Corner, State Government, National Child Labour Project and Convergence. 
  • Features of the portal
    • The Portal connects Central Government to State Government(s), District(s), all Project Societies and the General public. 
    • Further, online complaints regarding child labour can also be filed by anybody on the Pencil Portal. The complaint gets assigned to the concerned Nodal Officer automatically by the system for further necessary action. 

What is the National Child Labour Project (NCLP)? 

  • The National Child Labour Project (NCLP) is a Central Sector Scheme for the rehabilitation of child labour. 
  • Under this Scheme, funds are provided directly to the District Project Societies headed by the District Magistrate/Collector/Deputy Commissioner who in turn allocates the funds to NGOs/Voluntary Agencies, etc. for running Special Training Centres.