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
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.