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Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour

This topic provides information about Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL).

Child labour is a social problem which has to be eradicated completely.

India has ratified the two Core Conventions of International Labour Organization (ILO), Convention 138 regarding admission of age to employment and Convention 182 regarding worst forms of Child Labour in June 2017 which shows the country's commitment to a child labour free nation. The National Child Labour Project Scheme (NCLPS) started in 1988 has the basic objective of suitably rehabilitating the children withdrawn from employment thereby reducing the incidence of child labour in areas of known concentration of child labour.

In this regard, to further add impetus to establish a child labour free nation, the Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) had been launched by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.

Aim of the platform

PENCIL 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.

Components of the platform

The PENCIL Portal (pencil.gov.in) has the following 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 and within 48 hours of receiving, they 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 date, 7 states/UTs have appointed the DNOs.

Source : PENCIL Portal

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