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Thursday, October 15, 2009 09:18:00 AM, Pervez Bari

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister addressing maidservants Panchayat in Bhopal

Bhopal: Domestic maidservants in Madhya Pradesh had it never so good. The state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan showered a slew of sops and flower petals to welcome them who had converged in large numbers to his residence to attend a "Panchayat" of urban domestic women workers for the welfare of this section of society convened by him.


Chief Minister Chouhan made a number of announcements at the “Panchayat” after hearing their woes to flatten them here on Tuesday. He said issuing photo ID cards to these women will be the first step in acknowledging them as service providers and alleviating some of their problems. Secondly, if anyone falls sick in their family then he/she will get free government medical treatment up to Rs. 20,000. “We will make arrangements for that from Chief Minister Donation scheme,” he declared. About 5,000 domestic maidservants had assembled for the “Panchayat”.


Chouhan insisted that domestic women workers should be addressed as "Didis" (sisters) instead of “Baees”. Most prominent among the announcements made by the Chief Minister at the “Panchayat” was the one related to education. As per it, children of domestic women workers will be given the benefits of Special Education Promotion Scheme.


In fact Chouhan stooped to conquer the maidservants’ hearts. Though domestic helps were happy that they will be called by more respectful words at homes but doubted the government’s sincerity in putting their words into actions


Chouhan said that "Madhya Pradesh “Shahri Gharelu Kamkaji Mahila Kalyan Yojna 2009" will be implemented with a view to bringing smiles on the faces of domestic women workers by improving their standard of living. The state government will provide honour and protection to such women.


After hearing suggestions from domestic women workers for more than two hours, Chief Minister Chouhan said that opportunities of skill development will be provided to their family members apart from providing them facilities of medical treatment, stipends, insurance and economic assistance for delivery and marriage. Besides, their cooperation will also be sought in the implementation of Mid-day Meal Scheme.


Speaking to the domestic working sisters, Chief Minister Chouhan said that the state government has organised this “Panchayat” after observing problems of this section. The life of sisters working as domestic help for washing clothes and utensils and cleaning floor of one or several houses is surrounded by several problems. He said that in today's “Panchayat” several sisters have mentioned about the problems they face in the absence of identity card. Besides, suggestions have been made by them for providing assistance for education of their children and marriage of their daughters, problem of employment during pregnancy, vocational training and benefits of insurance. He said that a new scheme is being launched in the light of these suggestions. Welfare of domestic working sisters will be ensured under "Shahri Gharelu Kamkaji Mahila Kalyan Yojna".


Chouhan said that the applications regarding grave ailments given by sisters in today's “Panchayat” will be disposed off soon. He said necessary welfare measures will also be taken on the suggestions made by domestic working sisters. No stone will be left unturned by the Madhya Pradesh government in redressing the practical problems being faced by them.


Urban Administration and Development Minister Babulal Gaur said that a survey of domestic women workers will be undertaken after which they will be provided identity cards.


The facilities to be provided to maidservants and their families are as under:

Treatment facility

Treatment up to Rs 20,000 will be provided at government hospitals to the members of domestic woman workers on falling ill. The benefit of this scheme will be extended to a domestic woman worker's husband, son, daughter, father-in law, mother-in law, widowed daughter or the daughter abandoned by her husband.

Education facilities: Free text-books from class I to XII will be provided to the children of domestic woman workers. Their sons and daughters will be given Rs 500 and 750 assistance amount respectively per annum from class I to V, Rs 1000 and Rs 1500 from class VIII to XII, Rs 1500 to 2000 respectively during graduation, Rs 2500 and Rs 3000 at the post-graduate level, Rs 3000 to Rs 4000 for undergoing professional education and Rs 4000 to Rs 5000 for doing Ph. D. Meritorious students from class V to VII will be given Rs. 500 and Rs 750 per annum respectively. This amount will be Rs 750 and Rs 1000 for classes VIII and IX, Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1500 for classes and Rs. 1500 and 2000 for class XII. At graduation and post-graduation levels, this amount will be Rs. 2000 and Rs. 3000 respectively.


Delivery assistance

Domestic working sisters will be provided 45 days' special leave for delivery of child. The wages for these 45 days will be borne by the state government. Woman's husband will also be given 15 days' leave with pay. The woman will be given Rs 1000 for laddus and nutritious diet.


Assistance for marriage of daughters: The Social Justice Department will provide economic assistance for the marriage of their daughters. Necessary amounts will be given under the provisions of “Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna”.


Insurance scheme: In case of natural death of an urban domestic woman worker, her next of kin will be given Rs 30,000. In case of death in accident, this amount will be Rs. 75,000 and in case of severe injuries in accident this amount will be Rs. 37,500.







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