The government may soon make it mandatory for you to pay for providing social security for your domestic help on the lines of companies paying provident fund to their employees.
The National Commission for Women is working in a draft law that provides for social security to all domestic workers. “It would be similar to society security provided to unorganized labourers recently introduced in Parliament,” a commission official said.
Under the proposed scheme, the employer and the servant will have to make matching contribution for the social security fund to be managed by a specially appointed government authority for the job.
The Commission is looking at 10 per cent of the domestic worker's salary as the matching contribution. This would not mean any reduction in the salary. The employer will have to pay his contribution over and above the salary. “The money will have to be deposited in an account in the name of the domestic help with the authority,” the official said.
The bill, which is in the final stages of conception, still has to look into the issue that how and who would deposit the money. “Getting the money deposited through placement agencies, who will have to register with the authority, is one way-out,” the official said. Each domestic worker will get a registration number having universal acceptability all over the country. It has been proposed to tackle the issue of migration of domestic helps from one city to another, an NCW official said.
The proposed law aims at covering all domestic workers, including full-time and part-time helps. “Helps registered under the scheme for 15 years, would be entitled to the benefits like pension. The domestic workers will not be allowed to withdraw money from the account for 15-20 years,” the official said.