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Security Guards and Wages

The special article “Migration and Precariousness: Two Sides of the Contract Labour Coin” (EPW, 6 September 2014) has covered the subject of security guards in depth. Having run a security guard firm and worked in a government organisation which required security guards, I have seen both sides of the coin.

One aspect is the nexus between the Labour Department, which is supposed to enforce the Contract Act, the contractor and the on-ground representative of the principal employer, which is very difficult to break. Invariably, despite the minimum wages being respectable in Delhi, it is these three parties which derive the benefit, the contractor deriving the most, the representative of the principal employer some and the labour inspector gets a regular monthly amount from all agencies in his jurisdiction. 

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