At Satat, we offer skill building, vocational training courses on a regular basis, to young women and men. For the past 22 years, we are conducting Computer training , Beautician and grooming and tailoring and stitching courses at the field office in Sriniwaspuri to provide opportunity and new avenues for employment. We are extremely proud of our hard-working alumni who have secured good jobs or started their own business and are now getting better livelihood opportunities. Our success rate of above 80% has motivated us to put on efforts in the same direction.
Apart from these activities Satat also conducts research work on various social issues. We understand the need to probe further into social problems and devise tangible solutions. To enable the same, Satat conducts action research on various social issues and problems.
Migrant Women Workers in Construction and Domestic Spaces in Delhi Metropolitan Area: An action research was carried out on the ‘migrant women workers in domestic and construction sector’ supported by Ministry of Women and Child Development, GOI. Rapid processes of urbanization have created demands for cheap labour and thus acted as a catalyst for migration from rural to urban areas. Lack of livelihoods back home in rural areas is the push factors. In some cases, migration is exploitative, hazardous and against the dignity of women. It is very important that some regulation of this exploitative process of hiring female labour is established. Satat organized training programs for skill building in house -keeping and domestic skills. For construction workers, the efforts are on to get them their due entitlements, through advocacy, and follow up with the labour department.
The Major findings shows that construction workers are living in a very precarious condition with no civic amenities like water, electricity, toilets, housing, Chreche facilities etc. They also face many occupation health hazards. Under the BOCW Act, the construction sector has to give mandatory 1-2% CESS funds for the welfare of the Construction workers. Under CESS, crores of rupees are with the state governments to carry out schemes for construction sector diveided into 18 services. Like compensation in case of injury, death, retirement benefit, scholraships for children. However, there are major challegens to enroll these construction workers and keep their passbook alie every year. There by these benefots are not reaching to the workers. Satat took an initiative to enroll construction workers in JNU campus. As a result of that around 50 workers were given passbooks by the Vice-Chancellor of JNU in the able presence of the then Add. Labour Commissioner, Dr. R. Dhar, Govt. of NCT Delhi.
Another objective of Satat is to ensure the access of a construction worker to scholarship for their Children, maternity benefits, healthcare, compensation in case of fatal injury or death, old age pension scheme etc. Government is also focusing on the issues of labour welfare and several initiatives have been taken in last few years including enforcement of BOCW Act 1966 under which a CESS fund was created for the welfare of the construction workers but due to the reasons unknown the large portion of the fund are unfortunately not being utilized by the states. It is therefore the Government of India, vide circular dated July 12, 2013, stipulated that 20 percent of unutilised the CESS fund amount should be spend on skill development programmes for construction workers.