Unhappy about the non-compliance of its order to issue executive directions for regulating placement agencies, the Delhi High Court has summoned the Delhi government’s labour secretary to personally explain why no action was taken.
The court of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw on Wednesday said it was “not satisfied” with the argument given by the Delhi government and that it was waiting for the Delhi Private Placement Agencies (Regulation) Bill to be passed.
“The secretary, Labour department, government of Delhi, shall appear before this court in person on September 30 and explain the reasons as to why the order of this court has not been followed,” the court said.
The court also rejected the Delhi government’s plea that the Additional Labour Commissioner has been dealing with the issue and, instead of the secretary, he can be asked to appear and explain.
On December 18, 2013, the court had directed the government to issue executive directions within six weeks to regulate placement agencies till the Bill could be passed.
“Have you issued any executive directions as directed by this court on December 18, 2013? You were asked to issue directions within six weeks, but no such directions were passed. Let concerned secretary be present in court to explain why,” the court said.
The bench passed the order after advocate Prabhsahay Kaur, appearing for NGO ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’, informed the court that it had issued elaborate directions in 2010 to curb child trafficking through placement agencies, which have not been followed by Delhi government till date.
She also cited news reports stating that over 10,000 illegal placement agencies are operating in the national capital and that on September 9, 2014, the Delhi Police had rescued three trafficked girls even as they were being auctioned to placement agencies.
The NGO had filed a PIL before the court seeking directions to curb child labour and regulate placement agencies which trafficked minors from various states to work in factories and as domestic help.