Draft National Policy on Domestic Workers under Consideration of Govt. of India
Draft National Policy on Domestic Workers is under consideration of the Govt. of India for their coverage under the Social Security Schemes under existing laws, including protection from abuse/ exploitation by employers, regulation of placement agencies, etc.
Salient features of the draft National Policy on Domestic Workers
1. Inclusion of Domestic Workers in the existing legislations;
2. Domestic workers will have the right to register as workers. Such registration will facilitate their access to rights & benefits accruing to them as workers;
3. Right to form their own associations, trade unions;
4. Right to have minimum wages, access to social security, protection from abuse, harassment, violence;
5. Right to enhance their professional skills;
6. Protection of Domestic Workers from abuse and exploitation;
7. Domestic Workers to have access to courts and tribunals; and
8. Establishment of a mechanism for regulation of concerned placement agencies.
It may be noted that Govt of India has already enacted the Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 for providing social security to all unorganized workers including domestic workers. The Act provides formulation of social security schemes, viz. life and disability cover, health and maternity benefits & old age protection by the central Government.
The state Government are mandated under the Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 to formulate suitable welfare schemes for unorganized sector workers including domestic workers relating to provident fund, employment injury benefits housing, education schemes for children, skill upgradation of workers, financial assistance & old age homes.