Awareness programme for domestic help

In an attempt to bring self-con­fidence, self-respect, dignity among domestic workers, akin to other professionals, city-based non- government organisation (NGO) Rural Lit­eracy and Health programme, in association with women self-help groups Dwani Mahila Okkoota, Spoorthi Gruha Kar­mikara Okkoota, conducted legal awareness programme at community hall here on Tuesday. The awareness pro­gramme is being organised as part of International Labour-Day that falls on May 1.

Domestic workers, who struggle hard for less sala­ry, are sad that that they are forced to engage themselves in various tasks. Though they are assigned to do one par­ticular task, later in the day, they are directed to do vari­ous chores like washing dish, clothes, cleaning house, laun­dry work shopping and other things.

Speaking on the occasion, RLHP Director Saraswathi urged the government to take steps to ensure social justice, job security, minimum wages on par with other professions. “The government should rec­ognise them by providing unique identity cards for pro­tecting their rights.” She said our male-dominated society considers a few professions as superior. “Men always get better treatment, while wom­en are ill-treated, though their contribution is also substan­tial. There should be uniform law to ensure equal powers for women in all fields,” she said.

“Domestic workers have to work by compromising with many injustices imposed on them. Usually, we are paid Rs 2,000 per month for 3-4 hours every day. But many times they instruct us to do more work and if the worker fails to follow instructions, their salary is either delayed or denied sometimes.
-Shobha, 38, a resident of Yashavanthanagar in Bamboo bazar

The event was inaugurat­ed by assistant commissioner for labour department, Meena Patil.

District Legal Service Au­thority Legal Consultant V Maithily, Dwani Mahila Ok­koota President Shahin Taj, Spoorthi, domestic workers union president Radha, were present.

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