‘Draft legislation on placement agencies ready’

New Delhi: The city government on Tuesday informed the Delhi High Court that it has prepared a draft legislation to regulate placement agencies in the wake of allegations that some of them were indulging in trafficking children.

The Department of Labour apprised a bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri that the Delhi Government has prepared a draft legislation on the issue and it would come into effect within five months.

The bench, also comprising Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, however, asked the government to enact the law expeditiously.

The court was hearing a petition by civil society 'Bachpan Bachao Andolan' which has pointed out so far, no law has been enacted to curb the menace.

The NGO, in its petition, had alleged some placement agencies were involved in trafficking children.

The bench also directed the government to file a status report on actions taken by it to check the menace.

The city government, meanwhile, said many working children have been rescued from various places and have either been handed over to their families or sent to rehabilitation centres.

The high court, during an earlier hearing of the PIL, had directed the Labour Department to regulate the functioning of placement agencies. It had also directed the city government to register all such agencies within a specified period.

The registration would include recording of details of the persons running the placement agencies as well as their employees.