A draft National Policy for Domestic workers is under consideration of the Government.
- Inclusion of Domestic Workers in the existing legislations
- Domestic workers will have the right to register as workers with the State Labour Department. Such registration will facilitate their access to rights & benefits accruing to them as workers
- Right to form their own associations, trade unions.
- Right to have minimum wages, access to social security, protection from abuse, harassment, violence.
- Right to enhance their professional skills.
- Protection of Domestic Workers from abuse and exploitation who are recruited to work abroad.
- Domestic Workers to have access to courts, tribunals, etc.
- Establishment of a mechanism for regulation of placement agencies.
- In order to provide social security benefits to the workers in the unorganised sector including domestic workers, the Government has enacted the Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008.
- The 2008 Act stipulates formulation of suitable welfare schemes for unorganised workers on matters relating to:
- life and disability cover,
- health and maternity benefits,
- old age protection and
- any other benefit as may be determined by the Central Government through the National Social Security Board.
Other social sector schemes for unorganised workers
- Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (Ministry of Rural Development)
- National Family Benefit Scheme (Ministry of Rural Development)
- Janani Suraksha Yojana (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
- Handloom Weavers’ Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (Ministry of Textiles)
- Handicraft Artisans’ Comprehensive Welfare Scheme (Ministry of Textiles)
- Pension to Master Craft Persons (Ministry of Textiles)
- National Scheme for Welfare of Fishermen and Training and Extension (Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries)
- Aam Admi Bima Yojana (Department of Financial Services)
- Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare).