In a major relief to the agitating domestic workers in Pune and other parts of Maharashtra, the state labour minister Hassan Mushrif has agreed to order the labour commissionerates to start the work of registering the names of the workers eligible for pension. Mushrif also has increased the age limit for the pension to 65 years.
Domestic workers in Pune have been agitating against the sudden stoppage of issuance of identity cards. The office of the labour commissioner had cited lack of manpower and computers for halting the work. Also, the domestic workers wanted the age limit for pension to be increased to 65 years from the existing 60 years.
On Wednesday, a delegation of domestic workers had met the labour minister to discuss their long pending issues. After the meeting, the minister agreed to their and ordered the labour commissioners to follow the directions. A special meeting would be convened in the next two weeks to discuss the issue of insurance for the domestic workers.