07-06-2018
No funds for states who have not imposed domestic workers Act, SC tells Centre

newsimage"It is directed that the Central Government shall not disburse any further grants to the States, which have not registered the domestic workers," said the bench. NEW DELHI: Taking a stern stand against states that have not initiated the registration of domestic workers, the Supreme Court has ordered the Centre not to issue any grants to such states. The top court's direction came when it was having a conniption after being told that a number of states have not yet complied with its earlier direction regarding the issue. In its January 11 order, the apex court had ordered all states to undertake immediate steps to register all domestic workers under the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act. It had also ordered the Delhi government to take immediate steps to comply with the order. "It is directed that the Central Government shall not disburse any further grants to the States, which have not registered the domestic workers," said a bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and MM Shantanagoudar. In addition, the bench has also issued notices to all state governments in question and has asked the chief secretaries or principal secretaries of such states to file a status report illustrating the actions taken in compliance to its January order The directions by Supreme Court came when it was hearing a petition filed by NGO Shramjeevi Mahila Samiti. In the petition, the NGO had stated that in spite of the Act coming into force in 2008 no domestic workers have been able to reap its benefits even to this day. The top court had also observed that not only should domestic workers be registered but they should also be issued identity cards. Earlier in 2017, the Supreme Court had also directed the Centre to appoint a National Social Security Board to uphold the Unorganised Workers Social Security Act. The Centre had responded by asserting that schemes like the like Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, National Family Benefit Scheme, Janani Suraksha Yojana, Janshree Bima Yojana among others have been notified for unorganised workers.