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  • According to National Sample Survey (NSSO Statistics-2011-2012, 68th round) it is estimated 39 lakh people are employed as domestic workers by private households, of which 26 lakhs are female domestic workers.
  • The Ministry of Labour & Employment is considering formulating a National Policy on Domestic Workers which is in the draft stage.

Draft policy for domestic workers:

  • In a bid to give recognition to domestic workers besides making them eligible for minimum wages, social security and safe working conditions, labour ministry is drafting the national policy.
  • As per the National Sample Survey, there are an estimated 39 lakhs people employed as domestic workers by private households, of which 26 lakhs are female domestic workers.
    • Inclusion of Domestic Workers in the existing legislations
    • Domestic workers will have the right to register as unorganized workers. Such registration will facilitate their access to rights & benefits
    • Right to form their own associations/unions
    • Right to minimum wages, access to social security
    • Right to enhance their skills
    • Protection of Domestic Workers from abuse and exploitation
    • Domestic Workers to have access to courts, tribunals for grievance redressal
    • Establishment of a mechanism for regulation of private placement agencies
    • Establishment of a grievance redressal system for domestic worker
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