Labour ministry drafting national policy on domestic workers
New Delhi, Jan 8 (KNN) Labour Ministry is drafting the national policy on domestic workers which will benefit nearly 40 lakh domestic workers, in a bid to give recognition to domestic workers besides making them eligible for minimum wages, social security and safe working conditions.
“The ministry of labour & employment is considering to formulate a National Policy on Domestic Workers which is in the draft stage,” Labour Minister, Santosh Gangwar said in the Parliament.
The policy could benefit government if it comes before the general elections.
Some of the salient features of the proposed draft are inclusion of domestic workers in the existing legislations; giving them the right to register as unorganized workers as a result it will facilitate their access to rights and benefits, according to Gangwar.
Following this legislation, the domestic workers will be entitled to right to form their own associations/unions, right to minimum wages and access to social security, right to enhance their skills, protection of domestic workers from abuse and exploitation, giving them access to courts, tribunals for grievance redressal, establishment of a mechanism for regulation of private placement agencies and establishment of a grievance redressal system for domestic workers.
Over past three years, The ministry has been working on a national policy for domestic workers, but various propositions have been pulled down by employers who said they would significantly add to their monthly bills.