Editorial

Placement Act needed

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/8/2019 12:59:13 PM IST

 Nagaland Post had highlighted the extreme plight of Naga boys and girls employed in various parts of the country, especially the metro cities in the August 5 issue. There have been several Naga boys and girls employed with various firms who have suffered indignities and some who had died or were murdered. The tragic fact is that the larger Naga community in most metro cities were totally ignorant about the presence of their brothers and sisters and when the worst befell, the unions were caught totally unprepared. In the most recent incident in Chennai, one Naga youth working in a restaurant, was murdered by his two colleagues and roommates. The NCF in Chennai had also informed that since 2017, five Nagas who were employed under various firms in Chennai had died or were killed. Several hundreds ,if not a few thousand Nagas are employed in various cities throughout India. This reveals that the number of job seekers in Nagaland in particular, is high. With economic conditions in Nagaland not favouring creation of jobs due to the negative contributions from those engaged in illegal taxations; the youths have to look elsewhere for survival. Needless to say, that thousands of parents, some belonging to the poorer sections of society, had invested huge sums for the education of their children. The desperation for jobs in Nagaland has led to hundreds of youths looking for employment elsewhere. This is where middlemen and touts have sprung up under the guise of employment agencies or firms etc. This is not to suggest that all such agencies are dubious.Those who eventually get low grade jobs such as sales persons, massage parlours (spas), event managers, air hostesses, call centres or receptionists are thrilled to be going to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru or Chennai hoping that they will achieve their dreams but which turn into nightmare. There have been news reports of how some of the Naga youths were paid less than locals of other cities but made to work more. Naga employees outside normally accept everything on face value and end up getting badly cheated.Girls who are employed to work in spas invariably end up in the flesh trade. There have been numerous reports in national media about busting of prostitution rackets operating under the guise of spas in various cities. In a number of cases, many Naga girls have also been arrested in this connection. In order to check such practises, this newspaper had suggested the enacting of 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. The government of Nagaland , especially during the recent assembly session, should have taken note of the report by enacting a similar bill to prevent frauds from destroying the lives of unwary Naga youths. Unfortunately, the law makers are only interested about themselves.

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