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Union Government launches UMANG app

The Union Government launched new all-in-one mobile application called UMANG with an aim to make Government services accessible on mobile phone of the citizens.

The UMANG app offers 162 services from 33 state and central government departments and four states under a one-single platform.

UMANG app

The term UMANG stands for Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance. It was launched to promote Digital India program and to drive mobile e-governance in India. The app was developed by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD).

The app provides unified approach where one application to avail multiple government services. It is single mobile app that has access to 1200 services of various government offices from Centre, State and utility services. It supports 13 Indian languages and caters to on-demand scalability. It provides all pan India e-Governance services like Aadhaar, PAN, booking gas cylinder, PF account and Digilocker on one single platform.

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PENCIL Portal launched for effective implementation of National Child Labour Project

The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment launched Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) Portal at National Conference on Child Labour.

The PENCIL portal is an electronic platform that aims at involving Centre, State, District, Governments, civil society and general public in achieving the target of child labour free society.

PENCIL portal

It encompasses various components- Child Tracking System, Complaint Corner, State Government, National Child Labour Project and Convergence. Each district will nominate District Nodal Officers (DNOs) who will receive the complaints. Within 48 hours of receiving complaints, DNOs will check genuineness of complaint and take rescue measures in coordination with police, if complaint is genuine. So far, 7 states have appointed DNOs.

National Child Labour Project (NCLP)

NCLP is central sector scheme launched in in 1988 for rehabilitation of child labour. Under it, special schools/rehabilitation centres for rehabilitation of child labourers are opened so that they can be mainstreamed into formal schooling system. These centres also provide nonformal education, vocational training, supplementary nutrition and stipend to children withdrawn from employment.

SOPs for enforcement of legal framework against child labour

Government also launched Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) for enforcement of legal framework against child labour. The SOPs aims at creating a ready reckoner for trainers, practitioners and monitoring agencies to ensure complete prohibition of child labour and protection of adolescents from hazardous labour ultimately leading to Child Labour Free India. They will be useful to the enforcement agencies

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