Parliament panel wants overhaul of bill on employment exchanges

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 16 2014, 19:12pm hrs
EmploymentParliament panel wants overhaul of bill on employment exchanges. ( Reuters)
A Parliamentary panel has recommended withdrawal of a bill from Parliament which seeks to revamp employment exchanges, describing it "haphazardly" prepared and failing to offer any direction to make recruitment policies transparent.

It has strongly suggested that the Labour and Employment

Ministry should bring a comprehensive bill instead to fulfil

the role of such exchanges as only four lakh candidates get

placement every year out of four crore registered through 956

employment exchanges.

The Employment Exchanges (Compulsory Notification of

Vacancies) Amendment Bill 2013 was introduced in Rajya Sabha

on April 22 last year and was thereafter referred to the

Standing Committee on Labour.

In its report tabled recently, the panel suggested that

the revamped bill should also contain provisions for

regulating placement agencies as it maintained that they

mislead the unemployed youth, collect money and then vanish.

Suggesting that the ministry should bring fresh proposals

for the benefit of large number of job seekers, it said the

employment exchanges should be completely revamped to provide

"one-stop" placement solutions to the unemployed.

"The committee recommends that the bill should be returned

to the ministry with a request to bring a comprehensive

amendment bill so that employment exchanges are able to fulfil

their role in the present times," the panel said.

It was also of the opinion that the act should aim at

making the establishments both in public and private sector

"transparent" in their recruitment policies by displaying

online the status of vacant posts as and when they arise.

"The present amendment bill fails to offer anything in

this direction," it said.

The bill seeks to transform the exchanges into employment

guidance and promotion centres to give emphasis on guidance

and counselling aspects rather than mere registration for


Among other key provisions, establishments in the private

sector employing between 10-24 people are also being brought

under the purview of the Act.