Medical Cover for Domestic Workers in the Pipeline
New Delhi: The labour ministry is drafting a scheme for domestic maids and drivers to avail medical insurance facility for their families for a small contribution as part of the government efforts to ensure comprehensive social security for domestic helps in the country. The scheme would be voluntary and the government would appeal employers to contribute towards health insurance for their domestic help, a senior labour ministry official told ET.
The scheme will cost the subscriber only .₹ 250 a month. “Government is committed to provide social security cover to domestic workers and to begin with we would cover them under the ESIC to provide medical coverage to the workers and his/her family,” the official said, requesting anonymity as the scheme is in the draft stage. “This could be followed by covering them under the employees’ provident fund net going forward,” he added.
ET had first reported last year that the labour ministry is working on a national policy for domestic workers that would make it mandatory for every employer and worker to enter into a work contract besides the employer contributing towards ESIC and EPFO for their domestic help.