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HC asks govt to regulate placement agencies

Court also directed the government to frame guidelines to regulate placement agencies by March next year.

Observing a delay in passing the Delhi Private Placement Agencies (regulation) bill,the Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the government to issue executive directions to regulate the agencies till the bill could be passed.

The directions were issued on a PIL filed by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan,seeking regulation of placement agencies responsible for employing children as domestic helps. “Issue executive directions in accordance with court orders dated 24 December,2010,” the court of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Manmohan said.

The court also directed the government to frame guidelines to regulate placement agencies by March next year.

The government requested the court for more time to pass the regulations,claiming that the draft bill had been cleared by the Law department but was yet to be tabled before the Cabinet. “The government has not been formed yet,” the counsel for Delhi government said.

The court,however,dismissed the arguments. “Even if the government has not been formed,the L-G would have taken over. Some executive instructions must be passed,” the court said.