Noida: Post Mahagun turmoil, Parsvnath Prestige RWA proposes online vetting of domestic staff
Such an initiative has already been started by the residents’ welfare association (RWA) in Parsvnath Prestige in Noida’s Sector 93A. They had started online registration of all helps, security guards, plumbers, electricians, cooks, drivers and vendors in track of their conduct.Updated: Aug 02, 2017, 10:53 IST
Seeking to draw lessons from the riotous scenes at Mahagun Moderne Township in Noida’s Sector 78 after a protest against the alleged beating up of a help charged with theft turned violent, residents are toying with the idea of conducting ratings of domestic helps to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
Such an initiative has already been started by the residents’ welfare association (RWA) in Parsvnath Prestige in Noida’s Sector 93A. They had started online registration of all helps, security guards, plumbers, electricians, cooks, drivers and vendors in track of their conduct.
“The ratings will be done through a process of questionnaire and feedback from employers/residents. Based on the rating provided in the system, the employer will be in a better position to decide whom to employ in their house,” Rajnish Nandan, president, RWA, Parsvnath Prestige, said.
The database on other domestic helps could be accessed by other residential societies as well, he said.
Post the Mahagun turmoil, the idea of conduct profiling and rating of domestic workers was proposed at a resident’s meeting by Rajshekhar Murthy, a software engineer.
“The online vetting process could be the key for RWAs to stop such similar incidents from taking place in the future,” Murthy said.
The database of the workers will be connected to their Aadhaar number or any other identity card and they will be given a unique code for identification, said Murthy.
If a contractor/vendor working in societies misbehaves or commits a crime, they will be rated accordingly in the system. Based on their ratings or assessment in the system, the residents will take a call on whether to hire them.
“It is very easy for domestic helps to leave work at one place after complaints of mischief and take up another job at some other residential society. Her past credentials are not known to the new employer. However, with this online system in place, a prospective employer to gather all relevant information about a domestic help before hiring him/her,” Murthy said.
The system will put the workers in Black, Red, Yellow and Green categories, depending on the information provided by them in the questionnaire and the feedback provided by employer, he said. Workers falling in the Black category would be deemed the most unfit for employment and those in the Greenm category will be considered the safest.
“The questionnaire will contain queries, which will give us an insight into the conduct of a worker. The system is already in use in wellness centres, schools, hospitals, jewellery showrooms, factories, companies and even start-ups in order to protect employers from errant staff,” Murthy said, adding that they are trying to replicate the same model in employing domestic helps.
Noida police, too, has welcomed the initiative as it may come in handy for them to identify errant workers. “It is a welcome step by residents. We can extend all help with regard to verifying the identity of workers,”Arun Kumar Singh, superintendent of police (city), said.