As per National Sample Survey (NSS) 2004-05, there are around 47.50 lakh domestic workers in the country of which 30 lakh are women working in urban areas.
The Government has already formulated a policy on domestic workers.
The Central Government has enacted the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act, 2008 for social security of the unorganized workers which include domestic workers. Various labour laws, like the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Employees Compensation Act, 1923, the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 and Inter-State Migrant Workmen (RECS) Act, 1976 are also applicable to these domestic workers.
This information was given by Minister of State for Labour & Employment Shri Kodikunnil Suresh in the Lok Sabha today in reply to a written question the total number of registered/unregistered women domestic workers inthe country; whether the Government proposes to formulate a national policy on domestic workers; the various measures taken by the Government to ensure the rights of such domestic workers and to check their exploitation.