Med­i­cal Cover for Do­mes­tic Work­ers in the Pipe­line

The Economic Times - - Economy: Macro, Micro & More - Yogima.Sharma @times­group.com

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.

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