New Delhi: The NDA government’s reformist agenda has now planned to secure the interest of domestic workers; the Narendra Modi led government is mulling a national policy which proposes a minimum salary of Rs. 9000 per month for the skilled full-time household helps, along with a host of benefits including social security cover and mandatory leaves.
The draft 'National Policy for Domestic Workers', which would be soon moved for approval of the Union Cabinet, also calls for provisions against sexual harassment and bonded labour and recommends compulsory paid leave of 15 days a year as also the maternity leave. Besides, the Policy provides that the domestic workers be given a right to pursue education, a safe working environment and a grievance redressal mechanism. It also has a provision for mandatory contribution from the employer towards social security of the domestic workers.
Workers and employers will also have rights to form groups and engage with each other for 'collective bargaining'. A draft note in this regard, prepared by the Director General Labour Welfare (DGLW), was submitted to Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya last week.