End of days for dubious placement agencies

Committee ready to make draft Bill to monitor them

The state government on Monday formed a 15-member committee to speed up finalisation of a draft Bill to tame placement agencies in the Capital. 

According to labour and industries minister Ramakant Goswami, the committee has been told to finalise a comprehensive Bill to overcome problems faced by families, institutes and companies in getting services provided by placement agencies.

The committee includes representatives from trade unions, Delhi police, information and publicity department, law and justice department, placement agencies and other stakeholders. 

The committee also includes members of Union labour department. Its principal secretary will head the 15-member committee.

Goswami said the need for a strong Bill was felt as existing laws do not have enough sections to curb illegal activities of placement agencies. Recently, some agencies were found to be involved in extortion. They would take huge amount of money from clients, apart from exploiting domestic help. 

Even security guards provided by placement agencies face a hard time.

‘People deceived’“Several people have been deceived by the malicious attitude of such agencies. We have been getting a lot of complaints. The government is keen to come out with a strong legislation to prevent such incidents,” said Goswami. He said placement agencies are supposed to get themselves registered under the Shops and Establishments Act but not many are not doing so.

He said a draft Bill will be prepared immediately once the committee gives its recommendations. “Hopefully, we will be able to stop placement agencies from exploiting people,” he added.

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