SEWA in Madhya Pradesh
SEWA M.P. has its headquarters in Indore in M.P. It is working in 19 districts of the state. The districts are Indore, Bhopal, Dhar, Jhabua, Ujjain, Shajapur, Sinhore, Ratlam, Dewas, Sagar, Damoh, Tikamgarh, Khandwa, Khargone, Jabalpur, Vidisha, Burahanpur, Raisan and Hoshangabaad. The membership of SEWA-M.P. was 6,00,950 women workers from informal sector in 2013.
The members are:
- Beedi workers
- Incense stick rollers
- Street vendors
- Tendu leaf pluckers
- Forest Workers
- Construction workers
- Domestic workers
- Stitching and smocking workers
- Agricultural workers and other petty workers.
- In 2001, the government of Madhya Pradesh appointed a Task Force to study the working conditions of workers in the informal sector. Renana Jhabvala, the national coordinator of SEWA Bharat was asked to chair the task force, Manorama Joshi, the founder of MSSN was appointed as the member. The final report was submitted to the Chief Minister in 2003. Based on its recommendations, MP government formulated Bill for Unorganized Sector Workers in 2004.
- On the recommendation of Task Force MP government announced two welfare boards one for Urban Workers and the other for Rural Workers.
- State government has implemented welfare schemes for Agriculture Workers.
- MP Govt. formulated Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board 2004.
- MP Govt. Implemented National Policy for Urban Street Vendors in 2006.
- By the efforts of SEWA MP for the welfare of forest workers collection cards are provided to workers with information of family members. Workers are paid due wages in right time and also increased minimum wages. Federation started election in District union and share certificate and five years collection card issued, the workers are included with insurance scheme. Training imparted to board members and managers for proper management of cooperative by State Minor Forest Produce Federation following the model training programs conducted by us. Corruption and malpractice are stopped some extent where SEWA MP is working.
- Total 382623 identity card got issued identity card to the informal sector women workers (Construction, Bidi, Minor forest collectors, Vendors, Agriculture laborers, Domestic workers.)
- Total 21930 renewal of identity cards of informal sector women.
- Total 834736 got them benefited by welfare schemes