Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said, India is committed to eradicate child labour. Children are the future of country, so it high time we save every child. He said, child labour is unacceptable in a civilised society. Hoping that child labour will come to an end soon in India, the Minister said, people should take pledge to fight against child labour. it is unfortunate that child labour is still prevailing in the country even after 70 years of independence, he said.
Mr Rajnath Singh today launched a web portal called ‘PENCIL’ for effective implementation of National Child Labour Project (NCLP). PENCIL, Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour, developed by the Labour Ministry, is an electronic platform for no child labour. PENCIL portal has five components — Child Tracking System, Complaint Corner, State Government, National Child Labour Project and Convergence.
The ministry, in a release said that it was felt that an online portal which connects the Centre to the state government, district and to all project societies would provide a mechanism for implementation. In this backdrop, the online portal PENCIL was conceptualised.