India launches first-ever survey on domestic workers
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On 22 November, the Union Labour and Employment Ministry of India launched the first-ever All India Survey on Domestic Workers (DWs). Union Labour Minister Bhupender Yadav launched the survey.
The Labour Bureau, Chandigarh is conducting the survey. This survey (study) will cover 742 districts in 37 states and Union Territories. In this survey, government officials will interview people involved in different domestic work. They include cooks, drivers, housekeepers, tutors, watchmen and more.
Through this survey on domestic workers, the government aims to find out how many people are involved in this kind of work and what their conditions are. The survey also aims to find out the issues they face. This information will help the government make better policies (laws and schemes).
As per the ministry’s e-Shram portal, around 8.8% of registered 8.56 crore informal sector workers fall in the DW category.
What is the informal sector of an economy?
The informal sector is the part of an economy that is neither taxed nor monitored by any form of government.
Labour Secretary Sunil Barthwal also added that DWs are the third-largest category of workers in the informal sector, after those in agriculture and construction. This survey and the results will take about a year to complete.
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