ILO instrument on workers to be placed in Parl

New Delhi: The Government on Friday approved placing before Parliament a new instrument adopted by ILO on domestic workers convention which aims at improving the working conditions of the domestic workforce.

The approval was given by the Union Cabinet at its meeting here.

As per statistics, there are about 6.4 million domestic workers in the country who are mostly illiterate and unskilled and come from poor and backward areas.

The International Labour Conference of International Labour Organisation (ILO) at its session in Geneva in June adopted the domestic workers convention supplemented by the Domestic Workers Recommendation.

The meet adopted a set of international standards aimed at improving the working conditions of tens of millions of domestic workers worldwide.

India, a founding member of ILO, had supported the adoption of the convention and the recommendation. The country was represented at the conference by Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge.