http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...es-for-domestic-help/articleshow/50799019.cms JAIPUR: Enforcing labour reforms in the unorganised sector, the Rajasthan government has fixed minimum wages for domestic help and set limits to their working hours. According to a recent notification by the state's labour department, the rate for an entire day's (defined as eight hours) chores - including cooking, washing, baby sitting and other work - has been fixed at a minimum of Rs 5,642 per month. The new salaries come into effect from January 1, 2016. READ ALSO: RPSC revises wages for employees In case of overtime, employers will have to pay workers double the minimum fixed per hour for each hour beyond the mandated eight hours. Domestic helps hired for just washing dishes and laundry will have to be paid a minimum Rs 705 per month for a household of four people. If the number of people exceeds four, the help would have to be paid 10% more than the minimum prescribed, per individual. The Centre is also trying to prepare a national policy for domestic workers. On August 17, 2015, TOI had reported that the Union labour ministry was seeking to ensure minimum salary of Rs 9,000 per month, compulsory paid leave of 15 days a year and maternity leave, apart from social security for domestic help. READ ALSO: Minimum wage hiked in Delhi The minimum wage for domestic helps notified by the Rajasthan government is exclusive of food, clothes, accommodation or other perks that an employer may be providing. Also, if an employer is paying more than the prescribed minimum wage, then he or she must continue paying the higher amount. Jaipur Servants Association spokesman Abdul Moin said, "This is a good step. Most people who work as domestic helps here are from other states like West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand, and are unlettered. This will ensure they are paid their minimum amount. In fact, the government should raise the bar higher." Dhanraj Sharma, additional labour commissioner, said, "Domestic workers were included in Scheduled 27 of the Minimum Wages Act eight years ago. But, we have now fixed the number of working hours for them to ensure they are paid well." d... Read MoreRaghu The department, to ensure implementation, will even press labour inspectors to carry out surprise checks in every district. "Violators will be liable for prosecution, and domestic worker eligible for compensation as high as 10 times the difference between the minimum wage and the amount he or she was received," he added. In the last couple of years, Rajasthan has emerged as a bellwether state as far as labour reforms are concerned. ########################################### When you think some economic sense is prevailing, Indian state does something stupid- the top-down approach to do things. There is no point of framing laws which govt. cannot enforce. Courts cannot handle the existing complaints, including this new initiative will only increase harassment. Most people pay in cash and have no receipt for payment and this is truly informal sector. It is not that the state can get taxes out of it and needed this reform. Illogical!!!