Demand For Domestic Workers’ Registry Voiced

Bhubaneswar: Activists have demanded the registration of domestic workers under the Welfare Board of Un-organised Sector Workers of 2008 Act.

“About 94% workers in Odisha are in un-orgainsed Sector only 6 % are working in Organized Sector. The Central Govt. has created for “Labour Codes” repealing all 44 Labour Laws that earlier existed in the country. Besides, the Social Security Code brought by the Central Govt. will nullify the existing Act for the Un-organised sector workers and the Welfare Board for the Un-organised Workers constituted in Odisha”, said Parilata Mohapatra from Swarozgari Mahila Sangh while addressing a workshop here.

The State government should constitute Welfare Board for Domestic worker which shall register the domestic workers, employers and regulate employment agencies, working hours, wages and working condition, deliver social security and provide for a grievance redresses mechanism.”

Rs.3000/- pension for the domestic workers needs to be covered under Rs 3,000 monthly pension on attaining the age of 60, she said.

 “The Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare (BOCWW) Act was enacted by Central Govt. in 1996. However, its Rule was formed in Odisha in Odisha 2002 and BOCWW was formed in the State in 2004 and the registration of the workers was formally started in 2009 causing delay of almost 13 years of its enactment in the State”, said Manjula Manjari Mishra, General Secretary of Rajdhani Shramik Shangha.

“There should be wider Publicity of TG Right & Security Act 2016 and Implementation of NALSA Judgment, recognition of TG as an independent and separate household and should be covered under all social security schemes including homestead land, food security schemes & entitlements in both urban & rural areas, formation of State TG Welfare Board in the State, reservation for TG in both Govt. and Private Jobs.”, said Aisa Behera, Rani Kinner and Madhuri Maa, Members of All Odisha Kinner Mahasagha.

“The government should provide skill development trainings and loans for private Business, regularization of gender specific education services i.e., Separate ward/ beds for TG members in Govt.& private hospitals in rural & urban spaces, free access to Sex reassignment surgery in Govt.& private hospitals, Priority on incorporation of TG issues in academic syllabuses and Inclusion of TG as one of the category of gender in election nomination forms etc”, they demanded.