April 24, 2024

Why in news ?

Union Minister of Women and Child Development appealed to citizens to report the instances of Child Labour on the PENCIL Portal or by calling on Childline-1098. This appeal came on World Day Against Child Labour.

About:

  • PENCIL Portal stands for Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour.
  • Purpose: It is an electronic platform that aims at achieving the target of a child labour free society. For this aim, it coordinates actions of the Centre, State, District, Governments, civil society, and the public.
  • Nodal Ministry: The portal is administered by the Ministry of Labour & Employment.
  • Components: PENCIL Portal has five components- Child Tracking System, Complaint Corner, State Government, National Child Labour Project, and Convergence.
  • Significance: The portal has been launched for the effective implementation of the Child Labour Act and the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme.
    • NCLP aims to eliminate all forms of child labour and rehabilitate them through education in Special Training Centres.
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