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Jharkhand Assembly passes Bill to regulate domestic workers

Ranchi, Nov. 26: Dealing a blow to human traffickers and their agents luring people under the garb of providing them jobs as domestic workers in big cities, the Jharkhand Assembly here on Saturday passed The Jharkhand Private Placement Agencies and Domestic Workers (Regulation) Bill-2016 following the initiative taken in this regard by Chief Minister Raghubar Das.

As per the provisions of this bill, placement agencies which send workers to other places will have to get registered or get license issued by the government.

The placement agencies already functioning before issue of this notification will also have to take license within 90 days. Failing to comply with the conditions laid down in the Act, the license of the placement agency will be cancelled and bank guarantee amount deposited at the time of registration will be forfeited.

In case of running a placement agency without registration or being found involved in human trafficking, two years imprisonment or Rs 1 lakh fine or both can be levied on the guilty.

For violating the provisions of the law or conditions of registration certificate, 1 year imprisonment or Rs. 20,000 or both can be levied on the guilty.

As per the rules of the bill, placement agencies cannot charge any money from domestic workers. Within 7 days of taking a domestic worker to any place, the placement agency will have to provide details of his employment and registration certificate.

These agencies will not employ workers less than 18 years of age. They will have to keep complete details of every worker. They will also have to ensure that the worker is paid the minimum wages.

Workers should be given leaves as per the rule and in case their working hour increases more than 8, they should be given double the wages of their overtime. Their wages must be paid through their bank accounts.

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