Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 26 September 2017 launched the Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) Portal during the National Conference on Child Labour organised by the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Moreover, the ministry also launched the Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the enforcement of legal framework against child labour.
The SOP aims to ensure complete prohibition of child labour and protection of adolescents from hazardous labour leading to Child Labour Free India.
Highlights of PENCIL portal
• PENCIL portal is an electronic platform that aims at involving Centre, State, District, Governments, civil society and the general public in achieving the target of child labour free society.
• PENCIL Portal (pencil.gov.in) encompasses various components- Child Tracking System, Complaint Corner, State Government, National Child Labour Project and Convergence.
• The Districts will nominate District Nodal Officers (DNOs) who will receive the complaints.
• Within 48 hours of receiving the complaints, DNOs will check the genuineness of the complaint and take the rescue measures in coordination with police, if the complaint is found to be genuine. Till now, 7 states have appointed the DNOs.
When: 26 September 2017