Organization formed to fight for rights of domestic workers
From our Correspondent
Bongaigaon, Jan 3: “A law for the welfare of domestic workers had been already passed by the Government of India in the year of 2010. But even after five years, this law has not been implemented practically anywhere in India,” said Ashish Biswas, Assam State Secretary of Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) on Sunday in Bongaigaon during the third bi-annual convention of domestic workers organized by HMS.
The Act is the Domestic Workers Welfare and Social Security Act, 2010. Addressing the gathering, Biswas said that according to this Act, the government had formed a committee in every district which would look after all complaints, problems and exploitation of the domestic workers. “In most of the places, domestic workers are exploited in many ways such as over work and low payment. This body is responsible for protecting all domestic workers from such exploitation. But in most places of India, especially in Assam, this committee has not been formed. Hence we have formed the Bongaigaion District Domestic Workers’ Association today. Now we will fight for the rights of domestic workers under this banner,” he said.
Pankaj Kalita, scretary, HMS, Guwahati branch, was also present in this convention. The Bongaigaon District Domestic Workers’ Association was formed today in this convention where Jitu Dasgupta was elected as president, Usha Das as vice-president and Puspa Das as secretary.