Help your domestic help get health insurance

Domestic workers can now avail the health insurance launched by the labour department. Resident welfare associations can help them register.

Domestic workers protest.
Pic: Navya P K

An appeal from DWRC

Dear Sir/Madam, We are working closely with the Labour Department and will be collecting the data to enrol workers for RSBY health insurance. Our organisation is also part of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) task force on domestic workers at the centre and working on the draft policy for domestic workers. We request concerned Resident Welfare Associations for support and give us permission to collect the details, fill up the forms for the RSBY scheme. We have to complete our process by December 31st.

-Geeta Menon

Domestic Workers Rights Collective (DWRC) & Stree Jagrithi Samiti

The Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), a health insurance scheme will bring health benefits to lakhs of domestic workers. RSBY has been launched by Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India to provide health insurance coverage for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.

RSBY provides protection to BPL households from financial liabilities arising out of health shocks that involve hospitalisation. Beneficiaries under RSBY are entitled to hospitalisation coverage up to 30 thousand rupees. Coverage extends to five members of the family, which includes the head of household, spouse and up to three dependents. Beneficiaries need to pay only Rs 30/- as registration fee while Central and State Government pays the premium to the insurer selected by the State Government.

The state Labour Department is the nodal agency in Karnataka. The Domestic Workers Rights Collective (DWRC) is working with them to register workers for the scheme. DWRC is reaching out to all RWAs (especially those in apartments) for support.

Geeta Menon from DWRC requests RWAs to get in touch with the NGO Stree Jagruti Samiti, Ph: 2273 4956 (11-2 pm) or Lavanya: 99000 11515 so DWRC can put up a stall on a given date, at the apartment for data collection.

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