Workers union to launch agitation for the implementation of the Act that would ensure them health insurance and pension
A six-day week,health insurance and a pension scheme is what maid servants will stand to benefit if the much-awaited Maharashtra Domestic Workers’ Welfare Board Act 2008 is implemented.
Nearly 40,000 domestic workers from Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad have submitted a memorandum to the district collector for speedy implementation of the act.
The Act was cleared in the Nagpur session of the Assembly last year. Though the government passed the Act,the financial provisions are yet to be cleared. We will hold a statewide agitation and the memorandum will be submitted to labour minister Hasan Musharif, said Baba Kamble,president of the state domestic workers union. A copy of the same was submitted to the district collector on Friday.
The board formed will cover domestic workers for better benefits. From ensuring yellow ration cards — issued to all the workers so that they can avail of benefits for those below poverty line — to pension scheme,health insurance and a six-day week,have been promised under this act. This has,however,not yet been implemented. Kamble said that it is necessary these provisions are implemented at the earliest. “We have been waiting for over a year now. With the same government back in place,we want speedy implementation of this act,” said Kamble.
Many other states have launched social security scheme for workers. Tara Shewade,a domestic maid servant agitating for the rights,said if the scheme is implemented then the domestic maid servants will benefit in a big way. “When it was announced in 2008,we expected that it would be implemented soon. Now,after a year,the government ought to implement our demands,”she said.
The pension scheme announced will ensure Rs 120 as savings for a maid — with both the maid and the employer putting in Rs 1 each for each day of work (Rs 60 for a month) and the same contribution made by the central and state government (Rs 60).