The labour ministry today said more than 12 lakh children have been rehabilitated under the National Child Labour Project scheme since 1988. "As per the information received from the District Project Societies, 12,15,755 children have been rescued/withdrawn from work and rehabilitated and mainstreamed under the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) scheme from its inception in 1988 to December 2016," the labour ministry said in a statement. The scheme is sanctioned in 270 districts of 21 states, out of which Special Training Centres (STCs) are, at present, operational in 104 districts, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. Under the NCLP scheme, funds are released to the District Project Societies headed by district magistrates/collectors who in turn allocate the funds for the Special Training Centres run by NGOs/Government agencies/local bodies etc. The volunteers for the special schools are engaged by the NGOs etc, for which they are paid a consolidated amount of honorarium.
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