GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Women and Child Development
STARRED QUESTION NO 49
TO BE ANSWERED ON 19.11.2007
Working Conditions of Women Domestic Helps.
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT be pleased to state:-
(a) whether there is any proposal under Government’s consideration to lay down rules governing the working conditions of the women domestic helps, who are generally exploited by their employers, particularly in big cities; and
(b) if so, the details thereof and by when they are likely to be implemented?
THE MINISTER OF STATE OF THE MINISTRY OF WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT (SHRIMATI RENUKA CHOWDHURY)
(a)&(b) A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (a)&(b) OF RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 49 FOR 19.11.2007 BY SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR REGARDING WORKING CONDITIONS OF WOMEN DOMESTIC HELPS
(a)&(b) The following action is being taken by the National Commission for Women:
(i) The Commission has already taken cognizance of the issue of exploitation of domestic maids by their employers and the placement agencies and is presently engaged in discussions with the stakeholders regarding the measures that need to be taken in the matter.
(ii) The Commission proposes to constitute a committee to examine the issues relating to Domestic Workers. According to the committee’s terms of reference, the Commission is to examine the Delhi Shops and Establishment Act, 1954 with respect to its applicability to domestic workers in the National Capital Territory and to make its recommendations to the Government of NCT of Delhi.
(iii) The above-mentioned committee will also deliberate on the need to draft a comprehensive legislation pertaining to domestic workers.
Besides, the Minister of Labour and Employment has introduced in Rajya Sabha on 10.9.2007 a bill titled “The Unorganized Sector Workers’ Social Security Bill, 2007”.
The bill to protect women against sexual harassment at workplace, which is on the anvil, also includes domestic helps.