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Skill boost for women domestic workers

Taking a step towards empowering women workers in the State, the Rajasthan government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Domestic Workers Sector Skill Council to offer national-level certification and assessment, which will help the workers in their skill development and ensure good placement.

The MoU forms part of the Rajasthan Skill and Livelihoods Development Corporation’s efforts to enhance employability of women workers and hone their entrepreneurial skills to enable them to become successful leaders in their trade.

State Commissioner (Skills, Employment and Entrepreneurship) Krishna Kunal told The Hindu on Wednesday that housekeeping — being one of the largest service sectors in the country — faced problems of non-certification, less income generation and human trafficking.About 90% of domestic help in the State are females, Mr. Kunal said.

The MoU with the council will help domestic workers get proper skill training and certification, which will safeguard them against exploitation and ensure that workers can be “financially stable and socially secure”.

The domestic workers have been divided into categories such as housekeeping, pre- and post-maternity care, cooking, child care and elderly care. They will be given access to skill-linked programmes. “This sector needs skilled professionals,” said Mr. Kunal.

Philippines is the global leader in the number of skilled domestic workers; India can become one too. “Through partnerships with different institutions, we are making steady progress towards the ‘Skill Rajasthan’ targets,” said Mr. Kunal.

Mr. Kunal said that women and the specially-abled were a high priority for the department, which has established several women’s industrial training institutes.

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