Care of Workers
Foundation of Kemtatoli Hostel Building Kemtatoli is our new Mission station.
It is very close neighbour of our St. Ursula Hospital and Ursuline Convent Konbir Noatoli.
At present Sr. Anupa Barla is teaching there in the Parish School which is run by the Redemptorist Fathers.
Our mission here is to take care of the girl children of the school who come from far.
Therefore the Hostel Building started with the help of a Project from Manos Unidas. .
On 23.02.2015 the Foundation was layed and was blessed by Rev. Fr. Petrus Barla CssR
the Parish priest of Kemtatoil in the presence of Fr. Patras Tirkey
and many sisters from Konbir Noatoli and Gumla. Sr. Maria S. Kujur the Provincial,
and Sr. Anna Minj Assistant Provincial put the mixture in foundation.
Adivasi Jeevan Vikas Sanstha (Tribal Walfare Society)
A registered Society, established in the year 1998 by the Jesuits of ISI
(Indian Social Institute), 10 Institutional area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi- 110003.
There are 2 coordinators elected for three years to look after the Office work of the society. AJVS works under the patronage, guidance and mandate of JESA
(Jesuits in Social Action), as both have the similar aims and interest.
For its better functioning, the Ursuline Sisters in 2012 were invited
to collaborate with the Jesuits as they have been
already working with Chetnalaya and are connected with the issues of
Domestic workers in Delhi.
At present Sr. Matilda Dungdung is one of the co-coordinators.
There are 54 women at present, working in different families of Delhi City.
- To help out the Adivasi Marginalized women who come in to Delhi in search of Domestic work.
- To create a model of Domestic Workers’ Unit, which could be replicated.
- To conduct skill development trainings in order to empower them to function as better citizens.
- To enroll women who come in search of job.
- To give them basic training before
placement, on general household works,
- cooking, caring for Children/sick/old, good
manners and behavior, counseling etc.
- Make a just and legal contract with the
employers and place the women with them
- Follow them up regularly at their work place and guide them accordingly.
- As part of capacitating them, once in a week they come to ISI,
where they are given some input sessions on different relevant topics,
sharing their experiences, sharing of information on various matters
and Current happenings of the world news.
- To encourage and create interest, especially in younger members
for studies through open school, IGNOS, for Vocational training to create opportunities for livelihood.
- To visit their place of origin
- To accompany them to meet and interact
with the members of other units on special occasions,
such as Tribal Festivals, Women’s Day, Annual gatherings/meetings etc.
to help them enhance the knowledge of their own culture
and to awaken global feeling in them.
- To shelter them when they fall sick,
when they go home and come back and when they have a short break.
- AJVS has been successful in helping the members make their own identity
in Delhi City with pride and dignity.
- Their presence and leadership in gathering and meeting places is rightly acknowledged and appreciated.
- They have learned to face challenges coming their way and to raise their voice against injustice and corruption.
Sometimes they participate in processions and strikes.
- All the members have their Bank account and ID proofs.
- They have learned to save money, and have been able to improve and strengthen the economic condition of their families.
- They have educated their younger brothers and sisters.
- Some of them have been able to complete their academic studies,
have received vocational training and are now in better jobs in Delhi
as well as outside of Delhi.
- They have learned to be grateful and generous as
they organize celebrations and festive lunches on Christmas and Easter
and invite the members of ISI to share their joy.
Adivasi Jeewan Vikas Sanstha,
unlike any other Placement agency, is a charitable registered Society
under Society Act.
It works for the welfare of Adivasi women coming mainly
from the States of Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam.
. Sr. Matilda Dungdung
Enactment of Comprehensive Legislation for Domestic Workers is required in India
Comprehensive Legislation, domestic workers, Enactment, India
Published Date: April 25, 2013
The Domestic workers of India who number over 50 million and of whom 71% are women
petition the Parliament to recognize their plight and the crying needs for
redress through the enactment of an appropriate law.
They come from vulnerable communities and backward areas.
Most of them are poor, illiterate and unskilled.
Their work is undervalues, underpaid and poorly regulated.
They lack decent wages, work conditions and defined work time.
They experience violence, abuse, and sexual harassment, victimization at the hands of traffickers…
Most of them are tribal girls; about 40% are below the age of 14 years and kept as virtual bonded labour.
Only an integrated law can regulate the placement agencies, the conditions of domestic work
and provide social securities for them.
Given the size and special working conditions of the domestic workers,
there must be a separate Central Legislation to protect their rights.
The Comprehensive Legislation for domestic workers that we demand
should contain the following non negotiables:
a. The law should regulate employment, conditions of work and provide social protection simultaneously.
This includes fixation of wages and other conditions of work,
resolution of disputes and protection of employment
besides provision of social security, child care facilities, housing, training and skill formation.
b. A Tripartite Board should be the instrument for implementation of the Act.
The composition of the Board and its lower formation must be tripartite and
give the pride of place to workers through their elected representatives with proportionate
representation for women workers.
Such a board should be autonomous in order to function effectively like ESI or Provident Funds.
There should be a mechanism for dispute and grievance redressal with Board.
c. The Board should undertake
• Registration of workers and their social security contributions.
• Regulation of conditions of work.
• Social Protection.
• Registration of employers and collection of their contribution for social security.
• Monitoring of payment of minimum wages.
• There should be a help line in the Board and also a complaints committe at all levels
to handle sexual harassment complaints of domestic workers.
d. It is the responsibility of the Board to register the placement Agencies.
This would entail that the agencies supply records to the Board with
names, addresses and photographs of the domestic workers on their roles and pay fees accordingly.
They should specify what services they provide to the worker and the employer
especially if the workers are from the outside.
e. Domestic workers should be encouraged to organize their own collectives or cooperatives
while going to work and while registering with the Board should not be treated like labour supply agencies.
f. There should be a smart card for the workers that is recognized all over the country
so that they get their benefits when they retire where ever they are.
This also provides portability of social security if the worker has worked or in another state.
g. While the Central Act will provide a model format and
rules there must be provision in the law for State governments top set up
as many schemes as necessary in each state.
As conditions of work vary in each region, appropriate suggestions may be
taken from the local domestic worker the representatives.
h. As the Standing Committee for labour has suggested that 3% of the GDP be earmarked
for social security of the unorganized workers,
a proportionate amount should be set aside for the security of the domestic workers.
1% of the house tax collected by the local bodies should also
be added to the fund of this particular Welfare Board.
i. Until the age of 60, workers should be permitted to register in the Board.
Source: Bro. Varghese SG