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Registering Private Employees in Punjab

by Nushmiya Sukhera

Imagine hiring a cook for your home. You think he is a safe option because the driver at your friend’s house referred him and you have a copy of his Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC). He is allowed in the vicinity of your home where he spends all of his time. He has easy access to your rooms and all members of the family. One afternoon when no one is at home, he brings in a gang of 2 more men who empty your closets within an hour and flee from the location immediately. Flustered, you call the police who start an inquiry. It is then that you find out that this man has done the same in three other houses and is already on the wanted list by the city police. But now he is on the run and nowhere to be found. What if this entire situation could be avoided by a short trip to the local police station prior to hiring an employee?

The Lahore Police has launched a new software called ROPE (Registration of Private Employees) which has been installed in all police stations in the city, on October 28. Through this software, before employing domestic help, citizens can access all information about the employee by getting their CNIC checked by the local police station. The ROPE software, that was made by the help of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) is linked to the Criminal Record Office’s database. The software is available for use on the front desk of every police station in the city and is ready for use.

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“It is great that it’s now possible to cross reference employees before hiring them. It is imperative that complete background information is accessible before allowing an individual in your house,” says Sarah Khan, a housewife in Lahore.

There has been an alarming increase in the numbers of burglaries and dacoits where household help has either been involved or complicit. However, now with the inclusion of the ROPE system higher levels of in-house security can be maintained.

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