Functioning of spas: L-G orders setting of task force

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Functioning of spas: L-G orders setting of task force

Thursday, 17 October 2019 | PNS | New Delhi

After a series of letters, complaints and raids done by Delhi Commission for Woman (DCW) on Spa and massage parlour, Delhi Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Wednesday directed Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev to constitute a task force to look into the functioning of spa centres in the national Capital to ensure that no "illegal and undesirable activity" take place there.

DCW has recently submitted a 87 page report to the LG recommending a high-level inquiry committee to examine the role of police, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and politicians in alleged prostitution rackets running in spas.

In the meeting held regarding the issue, LG sought action taken report within 15 days. According to a statement, Baijal directed the chief secretary to constitute a task force under the chairmanship of addition chief secretary (Home) with special commissioners (Law & Order), commissioners of three MCDs, social welfare secretary as members to look into the functioning of spa centres.

Also, district level task forces under deputy commissioners (revenue) will also be constituted with district level officers drawn from MCDs, police and social welfare and WCS department to take action at the field level.

"Directed CS, Delhi to constitute a Task Force under the Chairmanship of ACS (Home) with Special Commissioner of Police (L&O) & Secretary (SW/WCD) to look into the issues relating to functioning of Spa Centres in Delhi. Have further asked for setting up District Level Task Forces under Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrates (Revenue) in all districts on similar pattern and submit ATR within a fortnight," Baijal tweeted in a series of tweet. Baijal has further directed the concerned officials and departments to look into safety and security of women staying in hostels PG Accommodation in Delhi. A safety audit has also been asked to conduct on a monthly basis to ensure effective execution and monitoring for women safety.

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