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India: Gharelu Kamgar Panchayat Sangam (GKPS)

by IDWFED published Apr 19, 2021 12:00 AM
India: Gharelu Kamgar Panchayat Sangam (GKPS)
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Email [email protected]
Type Trade Union
Number of Male Members 0
Number of Female Members 350
Members Pay Fees
Maintains Register of Fees Paid
Year Established 2015


  • (1)  To organise Domestic Workers without any discrimination of caste, religion, language and politics in order to struggle for their rights and better livelihood.
  • (2) To create awareness about the existing social security and labour welfare legislations.
  • (3) To create awareness about the practical measures needed to provide social security and labour welfare in accordance with the present unorganised conditions of Domestic Work.
  • (4) To seek implementation of the provisions of the Directive Principles of the State Policy of the Constitution of India, for domestic workers.
  • (5) To approach the government for the enactment of appropriate legislations to provide social security and labour welfare provisions for domestic workers.
  • (6) To organize them, build-up leadership among them so that they can collectively demands for their rights in state level and national level.


Mr. Subhash  Bhatnagar, a social activist  who is the coordinator of NCC-CL since 1986  initiated the organization in 1998. Initially, they took up the cause of construction workers and were able to get a comprehensive central legislation for construction workers in 1996. Buoyed by the success achieved for construction workers, NCC-CL promoted Nirmala Niketan as a collective of migrant tribal girls workers working as in-house domestic workers in Delhi in 1998. At that time, it was not feasible to register a separate trade union of domestic workers.  Hence, Nirmala Niketan continued to function as a part of the registered cooperative Society of Construction Workers the Apna Nirman Mazdoor Cooperative Society.  In the process, Nirmala Niketan assisted in the formation of national coalition of over twenty organizations from 15 States of India in the name of National Platform for Domestic Workers (NPDW) in 2012.   

Later, NPDW constituents reached a consensus on the proposal of legislation for providing social security and labour welfare provisions through tripartite board model for all forms of domestic workers. A petition signed by a million of Domestic Workers was submitted on 31 July 2013 to the Petition Committees of Parliament.  It also drafted a Domestic Worker Bill “Domestic Workers Regulation of Work and Social Security Bill, 2017. The bill was also introduced in Parliament as private Members Bill at both the house in 2017 due to the efforts of NPDW.

In 2015, Nirmala Niketan promoted Gharelu Kamgar Panchayat Sangam (GKPS) in order to get a registration of a legal entity under  the Trade Union Act, 1926.  GKPS includes in-house and part-time domestic workers as its members.