Launched with much fanfare, the city police department’s servant verification drive has lost its steam. Although the city has about three lakh migrant labourers, the drive is yet to cover 90% of the workforce, raising serious security concerns for residents.
In July, a domestic help ran away with R4 lakh from Sushant Lok. The accused, Surender, a Nepali citizen, took the money from the office of Pravesh Yadav, a property dealer. The police are yet to nab the culprit.
Last year, the city police arrested one Nepali servant, who allegedly got away with Rs 12.77 lakh cash after serving drug-laced food to three employees of a construction firm in Sector 40. His accomplice is yet to be arrested.
Although about one lakh people have been registered for verification, the police have managed to verify only 25,000.
The police had tied up with a private agency — Hamari Suraksha — to undertake the verification last year. Besides, it had launched an awareness drive. But after that, there has been very slow progress on that front.
Majority of households in New Gurgaon and other areas employ more than one servant for various jobs that could include drivers, cooks, gardeners etc. Most of the servants are being supplied by unregistered placement agencies.
“About 4-5 lakh migrants from neighbouring states and countries have been working as servants in Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon and other areas in the national capital region. It is very difficult to verify all of them,” said a police official.
However, the police lay the blame on residents, saying employers do not take the pain to get their servants verified.
After the police receive an application for verification, they send the details to the native place of the employee.
The city police say many a times the other side does not respond.
According to the police, many families hesitate to take their servants for a simple verification process to a nearby police stations. “This makes our job difficult in tracing the antecedents of servants,” said another police official.
“We had submitted the verification forms at the police station along with the documents. But the process is lengthy. By the time their verification is over, the servant might have moved out of the house,” said Prakash Khetan of Hamilton Court, Windsor Court and Regency Park-II Condominium association, DLF City.