Topic of the Day – National Child Labour Project Scheme

National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme was launched by the government of India in 1988 for rehabilitation of Child Labour. The scheme focuses on

  • All the child labours below the age of 14 years, identified in the target area.
  • All the adolescent labours below the age of 18 years, occupied in hazardous occupations or processes.
  • Families of such children mentioned in the above points.

Objectives of NCLP

  1. To eliminate all forms of child labour through
  • Identification and withdrawal of all children in the Project Area from child labour
  • Preparing children withdrawn from work for mainstream education along with vocational training
  • Ensuring convergence of services provided by different government departments/agencies for the benefit of such children and their family
  1. To contribute to the withdrawal of all adolescent workers from Hazardous Occupations/ Processes and their Skilling and integration in appropriate occupations through
  • Identification and withdrawal of all adolescent workers from hazardous occupations / processes,
  • Facilitating vocational training opportunities for such adolescents through existing scheme of skill developments
  1. Raising awareness amongst stakeholders and target communities, and orientation of NCLP and other functionaries on the issues of ‘Child Labour’ and ‘employment of adolescent workers in hazardous occupations and processes
  2. Creation of a Child Labour Monitoring, Tracking and Reporting System.



The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment launched Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) Portal. The PENCIL portal is an electronic platform that aims at involving the general public, civil society, Governments, District, State and Centre in achieving the target of child labour free society. The portal comprises of components like National Child Labour Project and Convergence, State Government, Complaint Corner, Child Tracking System etc. District Nodal Officers (DNOs) will be nominated in each district. DNOs will receive the complaints and are required to take rescue measures in coordination with the police after checking the genuineness of complaints.

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