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इस साल मार्च में लोकसभा में श्रम मंत्री संतोष गंगवार ने कहा था कि सरकार घरों में काम करने वालों के लिए राष्ट्रीय नीति बनाएगी ताकि उन्हें न्यूनतम मज़दूरी मिल सके और सामाजिक सुरक्षा की व्यस्था हो सके. वैसे यह बात सुनते सुनते तीन साल से ज़्यादा का वक्त गुज़र चुका है. 2015 में ही इस नीति का एक ड्राफ्ट कैबिनेट के सामने पेश किया गया था. जिसमें ये बात थी कि इन्हें कम से कम 9000 सैलरी मिले, साल में 15 दिन की अनिवार्य छुट्टी मिले और मातृत्व अवकाश भी मिले. यह नीति कब बनेगी सरकार ही बेहतर जानती है.
ARYAN D’ROZARIONEW DELHI, AUGUST 03, 2018 01:46 IST
UPDATED: AUGUST 03, 2018 01:46 IST
Demand withdrawal of the Central government’s proposed labour code
Shouting slogans, hundreds of domestic workers marched from Mandi House to Parliament Street on Thursday demanding withdrawal of the Centre’s proposed labour code and introduction of a comprehensive law granting social security to domestic workers.
Ambika Pandit| TNN | Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 18:42 IST
- Meena Ahirwar is setting new standards as she goes about building homes and supervising work at construction sites in her role as a head mason.
- The “raj mistry” holds a place of prominence in the hierarchy of labourers where men continue to dominate the work profile.
NEW DELHI: Defying patriarchy and breaking into a carefully guarded male bastion, Meena Ahirwar is setting new standards as she goes about building homes and supervising work at construction sites in her role as a “raj mistry“, or head mason.
Meena Ahirwar and her husband respond calmly to the ‘shock and awe’ her ‘raj mistry’ status often evokes. (TOI photo)
Right now, she is part of the construction team building a three-storey house in Hari Nagar. From layering neatly laid out rows of bricks with cement and checking the column strength for durability to keeping a watch over the junior mason and the helpers, Meena’s confidence on site shows she is no less than the men on the job.
Masonry is classified as skilled labour and commands a higher daily wage. The “raj mistry” holds a place of prominence in the hierarchy of labourers where men continue to dominate the work profile.
Above: Domestic workers protesting in New Delhi for a central legislation to guard their interests. Photo: Anil Shakya
~By Lilly Paul
Why were the maids and domestic helps at Mahagun Moderne society at Noida Sector 78 left with no other option but to use force in trying to establish their economic rights? It led to chaos and unnecessary legal hassles for the maids. As per legal opinion accessed by India Legal, they actually have little legal status as employees, hence cannot enforce any known law of the land in courts.
Grim reality of domestic helps in bondage