4 Naga youth rescued in Chennai

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/10/2019 11:38:12 AM IST

Four Naga youth who were working at a hotel in the outskirts of Chennai were rescued by the North East India Welfare Association Chennai (NEIWAC), after a video of some youth being assaulted went viral on social media.

Talking to Nagaland Post, Naga Students’ Union Chennai advisor, Maong Jamir said NEIWAC president and pastor NCF Chennai, Wabang rescued the youths at around 1 a.m. on Saturday. It was reported that the manager/owner of the hotel located at Sriperumbudur, Chennai on August 5 assaulted one of the youth after he detected some error in the daily audit of the hotel.

Maong said the rescued youth have been provided accommodation at Wabang’s house for time being. Since they are from economically weak background, the NCF and NEIWAC were trying their best to assist them.

He said an FIR will be lodged at the local police station, while also DGP Nagaland TJ Longkumer was in touch with his Chennai counterpart to take up the case.

Nagaland Post in its August 5 report ‘Bill for placement agencies needed in Nagaland’ highlighted about the need to enact a bill, which Assam had recently done under the title “Assam Private Placement Agencies For Recruitment of Workers (Regulation Bill)2019.”

The Bill prevents any person or private agency from carrying out or commencing the business of private agency unless the agency holds a license issued under the Act. The Act comes with strict rules the bind such placement agencies in doing business. The Act also warns that any placement agency contravening the rule shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years or fine which extend up to Rs. One lakh. All offences under the Act shall also be cognisable and non-bailable.

It may be pointed out that youths from Nagaland, who are employed under various trades in metro cities outside the state, are desperate for jobs and due to ignorance, are ultimately forced to work under pathetic conditions and also underpaid.

Almost all those who have gone outside for employment responded either to placement agencies or advertisements. These agencies or individuals are not made accountable whenever some of those employed outside fall in difficult times or even result in death.

The government of Nagaland has to take serious note of such reports and contemplate on legislating an Act similar to that done by the government of Assam recently.


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