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Govt to start surveys of domestic staff and migrants by March.

DATE: 07-Jan-2021 Reported By: TIMES OF INDIA

NEW DELHI: The government is expected to launch the All India migrant workers survey and the All India domestic workers survey by the first week of March this year. Senior labour ministry officials told TOI that the framework of the surveys , its sample size and Questionnaire has been completed and the labour bureau will spend the next month training investigators who will conduct the field surveys.While the migrant workers’ survey will provide authentic estimates of the number of migrant workers in the country apart from assessing the issues they face, the survey of domestic workers, who constitute roughly 4% of India’s population, is the first of-its-kind exercise that will identify concerns faced by them and help the government frame policies to improve their conditions.In order to get comprehensive and robust information about migrant and domestic workers, the sample size of the household-cumestablishment survey has been fixed at approximately 1.25 lakh. Questions will also be available in nine regional languages and will be captured on digital hand-held devices with preloaded questionnaires. We are looking at total digitalisation of data. The aim is get robust data that can shape future employment policies,”said D P S Negi, chief labour commissioner and DG Labour Bureau. He also said the breau aims to publish their findings by October 2021. The Labour Bureau, Negi said, is also in the process of finalising the All India Surveys of Professional Bodies and Transport workers and is expected to launch them shortly after the migrant and domestic workers survey.