Placement agencies offering domestic help to be reined in
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Okhla Times News Service
APRIL 28, 2011: Following the Okhla kidnapping case of a toddler by a domestic help, the Delhi Government has decided to rein in placement agencies in Delhi. Also, it is mulling to amend the Shops and Establishment Act to make stringent provisions to tame such agencies providing maid and safeguard the interests of their clients and general public. The Delhi Labour Minister Ramakant Goswami today discussed the issue with the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. It emerged from the discussion that there is an urgent need to put an end to dubious modus operandi of such agencies. “The agencies have been extracting money from their clients, creating problems and indulging in unlawful activities resulting in a number of criminal cases. The families requisitioning domestic help from such agencies are forced to face harassment apart from being cheated number of times,” claimed officials.
Goswami stated that not even a single placement agency will be allowed to function without registration under the Shops and Establishment Act. It is also proposed to amend the Act to incorporate stringent provisions for non-registration of such agencies. It is expected that with an amendment coming into force the present fine will substantially increase resulting in deterrent effect. Further the Department also proposes to inspect such agencies at regular intervals.
The Minister further stated that the department has been receiving complaints against such agencies from their clients and general public. The complaint includes cheating, harassment, hefty charges for their services and keeping no records of their dealings. Also, the department is planning to strengthen enforcement machinery in the Department of Labour to look into such complaints.
Goswami said he has received a complaint about violation of Minimum Wages Act by a prominent Security Placement Agency. “An enquiry has been ordered and that the department will not remain a mute spectator and would take immediate appropriate action in the matter,” he added.
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