Labour, Jobs and Employment – Harmonization of labour laws, gender gap, unemployment, etc.

Policy for domestic workers ready


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies & interventions for development in various sectors & issues arising out of their design & implementation

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: National policy for domestic workers

Mains level: Working conditions of domestic workers and measures taken to improve them

National policy for domestic workers

  1. The draft national policy for domestic workers would make recommendations on working hours, leave entitlements and minimum wages, but would leave it to states to notify them in accordance with their existing legislations
  2. It is likely to be announced this month

Proposed provisions

  1. Boards of registration could be set up at state, district, or even Resident Welfare Association (RWA) level
  2. These boards would administer social security benefits for workers, including Provident Fund contribution by employers and medical insurance
  3. The draft policy envisages that states would set up mechanisms to register and regulate placement agencies for domestic workers, with no provision for Central regulation
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