Rights for Women Domestic Workers (Minimum Wages)

Ayushi Vs. State of Madhya Pradesh, W.P. No. 3118/2020 | High Court of Indore | Status: Pending | |

Domestic Working Women are those who go from house to house sweep and wipe, do utensils, cooking, house-keeping and trained in other disciplines.  The domestic working women work in rich family houses and earn livelihood for themselves and family members. For the welfare of domestic workers, central government had enacted a legislation named Unorganized Workers (Social Security) Act, 2008.

It has been 12 years since the enactment of the act, still no such board has been established by the state government. Because of absence of the board, the domestic workers are deprived of the benefits which they are entitled to get under this act. The Domestic Worker’s Trade Union has sent many applications to concerned authorities since 2011 till today. But they have neither received any reply nor has there been any positive action for the issues highlighted.

The Ministry of Labor and Employment (R/1) had constituted a task force to look into the problems of Domestic Workers. The task force in both its first and final report provided for ensuring welfare to domestic workers.

For the welfare of domestic working women chief minister introduced a scheme Mukhyamantru Gharelu Kaamkazi Mahila Kalyan Yojana, 2009. There has been no compliance of such scheme till date.

Madhya Pradesh has a total population of 8,45,16,795 in which 43,00,000 are domestic workers. Similar trend is observed in Indore as well.

Recently, 23 states were struggling for their rights and Madhya Pradesh is one of them. About 100 crore women are working on International level in which 90% women are Indians. Still Indian Govt. did not take any appropriate step.

Petitioner conducted a minor survey and came to conclusion that there is no proper implementation of that scheme and even these women are not getting registered, which is mandatory for this scheme and hence they are not benefitted under this scheme. The subjects of the fact finding for wages of Domestic Worker’s Women, Indore was done on sample basis on only  91 domestic workers and it was found that they are earning only of Rs. 1500-6000 per month for whole day by working in 3-4 houses.