Must Be Registered With Assam Government: Draft Act – The Sentinel Assam

GUWAHATI: Aimed at checking the hitherto unregulated private placement agencies operating in the State, the Assam government is planning to bring legislation in the Assembly. The proposed Act aims to “bring about the safety and security of workers migrating outside the State against human trafficking which is a major concern of the State”. Even the Home department had stated in its endorsement of the draft Act that the “stringent rules and regulations inserted in the proposed Act can be instrumental in identifying the traffickers posing as placement agents and will be a big step towards ending trafficking of women and children.” The draft has been already approved by the State Cabinet on June 3, and it is likely to be placed in the next Assembly session.

Once the proposed legislation comes into force, there is strict punishment of “imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years or fine which may extend to one lakh or both” for any person contravening the stated provisions of ‘The Assam Private Placement Agencies for Recruitment of Workers (Regulation) Act, 2019.

In such a case, the Controlling Authority will be the “Labour Commissioner, Assam or any other officer of the State Labour welfare Department, Government of Assam to be notified specifically for the purpose of this Act.” The proposed legislation states, “No person or private placement agency shall carry out or commence the business unless he holds a license issued under the Act.”

The terms ‘Private Placement Agency’ refers to “a person or body of persons other than a government agency, department or organization engaged in the business of providing/supplying unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and highly skilled workers to any person, establishment, government department, semi- government department, government undertaking and semi-government undertaking within the State or in any other State of India or outside India”.

Listing the function and duties of the ‘Private Placement Agencies’, the Act makes it mandatory for such an agency to furnish the details of employment of worker to the Controlling Authority within seven days from the date the worker has been employed. Besides it puts a bar on the employment or engagement or deployment of any worker, “if he/she is below 18 years of age”.

Among other significant points are: “Every Private Placement Agency shall maintain a register containing the names, sex, permanent and corresponding address, photos, nature of work and other details of workers, who are engaged by it”; and “shall ensure safe travel to and from place of work to the residence of the worker”.

It also mandates that the private placement agency “shall ensure payment of government notified wages vis-a-vis the scheduled employment applicable in the State where the worker is deployed through individual bank account of the worker”.

Moreover, such an agency will have to display a signboard outside its office showing its name and license number.

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