Labour Ministry to conduct first ever domestic workers survey to understand status, issues

admin November 30, 2021
Updated 2021/11/30 at 3:50 PM

The fieldwork for the All India Survey on Domestic Workers (DWs) began on Monday in 742 districts across 37 states and union territories, according to the Labour and Employment Ministry.

This survey will include cooks, drivers, housekeepers, tutors (for children), watchmen, and other domestic services. At the introduction of the survey’s fieldwork, Union Labour Minister Bhupender Yadav said, “This evidence-based research would assist the government in policy-making for this sector of employees.”

All of these All India Surveys, as well as the E-Shram site, will be game-changers and will establish new benchmarks in data-driven policy, he said, adding that growing urbanisation as a result of growth would result in worker movement and an increase in the number of domestic workers.

Yadav also issued an instruction manual and a questionnaire for the Labour Bureau of Chandigarh’s All India Survey on Domestic Workers. According to the current statistics on the E-Shram platform, 8.8% of the 8.56 crore registered informal sector employees fell under the DW category.

If one needs to cover 38 crore informal sector employees on the E-Shram platform, there are three to three-and-a-half crore domestic workers in the nation, according to Labour Secretary Sunil Barthwal. According to him, after agriculture and construction, DWs are the third-largest group of employees.

According to a statement from the Labour Ministry, the survey will help the government identify key concerns affecting particular specific and vulnerable groups of the workforce and will influence effective policies. According to the report, the survey aims to estimate the number and proportion of domestic workers at the national and state levels, as well as the percentage distribution of domestic workers by live-in/live-out, formal/informal employment, migrant/non-migrant status, wages, and other socioeconomic characteristics.

A total of 12,766 first-stage units (FSUs) would be covered throughout India, including 6,190 villages and 6,576 UFS blocks. Also included will be 1,50,000 homes, or ultimate stage units (USU).

Within a year, the results of the All-India Survey on Domestic Workers are expected.

To gauge organised sector employment, the government started the All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey (AQEES) in September.


Source: The Indian Express

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