Kohima, June 15: The Nagaland Labour Department concerned about the welfare of the domestic workers in the state is in the process to place them under schedule employment, said Assistant Labour Commissioner Nagaland, Avile Vitso.
Addressing the culmination observance of International Domestic Workers’ Week organized by Centre for Development Initiatives (CDI) and Ferrando Domestic Workers’ Alliance under the theme “Unity is our goal: A just wage is our right: marching on to empower domestic workers” at Catholic centre conference hall D block here today, the Assistant Labour Commissioner said the department is working to help out the domestic workers of the state.
Maintaining that domestic workers fall under unorganized sector as they work in different locations, she said the department is in the process to place them under schedule employment. She informed that the minimum wage for the domestic workers have been enhanced and approved by the state cabinet.
She informed that the domestic workers would be imparted soft skill training by the department in the coming days. She urged upon the domestic workers to unite themselves and get their due share from the government after fulfilling the required procedures. She advised the domestic workers’ to be sincere and dutiful in their duty.
Delivering the keynote address, SDPO North Kohima Yambemo Humtsoe while acknowledging the contribution made by the domestic workers, said no profession or work is too small and their work is very crucial in the family. He advised the workers to please their owner and be sincere and faithful with their assigned duty.
Highlighting on the challenges they would face in their work place, Humtsoe encouraged them to be trust worthy, dutiful and reliable. He advised them to inform the police if their owner or master misbehaves or ill-treats them.
Coordinator FDWA Kohima Rev Sister Theresa Langhu in her address said the long week observation covers various aspects relating to safeguarding the rights of domestic workers such as those of migrant workers, live in workers, regulation of private placement agencies and setting up of dispute settlement mechanisms like overtime compensation, weekly off, regular payment to domestic workers themselves, healthy and safe living and working environment.
The programme was chaired by Cerina Keduokhonuo Belho from Women Help Line Nagaland, invocation prayer by Catechist SFS Parish Kohima Abel Lotha, cultural dance performed by Kachari cultural dance troupe, tribal cultural dance troupe and Nepali cultural dance troupe, while vote of thanks was proposed by Sedenuo Chuzho FDWA field staff. (Page News Service)