National Child Labour Project (NCLP)

Sewa Sarthak Kalyan Samiti | National Child Labour Project (NCLP)

Sewa Sarthak Kalyan Samiti is also working for the government to implement this scheme in an effective manner so that we can eliminate child labour and ensures that every child gets a good education because “Padhega India tabhi to badhega India”.  We are currently managing NCLP school at barwani district Madhya Pradesh. With the help of the Labour Ministry, New Delhi, this year also we run five NCLP schools at Khandwa and one at barwani. The basic purpose of this project is to bring dropout or street children to the mainstream of life. It is always a big task to bring together children with various natures, different backgrounds, etc. However, we could achieve our objectives to a certain extend. The result was very positive and we have trained more than 1000 children this year, through this process. The teachers and other well-wishers contributed so much to the success of this project as a whole.

The National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme is a Central Sector Scheme. Under this Scheme, the District Project Societies (DPS) are set up at the district level under the Chairmanship of the Collector/District Magistrate for overseeing the implementation of the project.

This scheme is introduced to eliminate child labor for the children with the age group of 9-14 years and put them into special training centers, where they will get a better education, vocational training (mehndi making, paper envelope, handicraft, etc.), mid-day meal, healthcare, stipend, etc. So, they can get into formal education before working in a real-world system. The children in the age group of 5-8 years are directly linked to the formal education system through close coordination with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Further, to ensure the effective enforcement of the provisions of the Child Labour Act and smooth implementation of the NCLP Scheme, a dedicated online portal named PENCiL (Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour) is developed in order to make the NCLP successful through better monitoring and implementation ensuring the timely disposal of work with transparency.

Under this Scheme, funds are provided directly to the District Project Societies who in turn engage and allocate the funds to NGOs/Voluntary Agencies/Civil Societies Organization, etc. for the running of Special Training Centers.

The objective of the Scheme:

• This is the major Central Sector Scheme for the rehabilitation of child labour.

• The Scheme seeks to adopt a sequential approach with a focus on the rehabilitation of children working in hazardous occupations & processes in the first instance.

• Under the Scheme, a survey of child labour engaged in hazardous occupations & processes have been conducted.

• The identified children are to be withdrawn from these occupations & processes and then put into special schools in order to enable them to be mainstreamed into the formal schooling system.

• Project Societies at the district level are fully funded for opening up of special schools/Rehabilitation Centers for the rehabilitation of child labour.

• The special schools/Rehabilitation Centers provide:

• Non-formal/bridge education

• Skilled/vocational training

• Mid Day Meal

• Stipend @ Rs.150/- per child per month.

• Health care facilities through a doctor appointed for a group of 20 schools.