Govt looks at salary for homemakers from husbands
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Homemakers may soon start getting monthly salaries from their husbands with the government mulling a proposal which would make it mandatory for men to share a certain percentage of their income with their wives who stay back at home and do household chores.
The proposal is being considered by Women and Child Development Ministry for the socio-economic empowerment of homemakers.
"We have conducted a survey on this theme and are planning to hold more consultations about this plan, which at present is in the consultation stage... Whenever we ask homemakers what they do, most of them say they do nothing. So we feel that a mechanism can be devised to quantify and calculate the value of work that they do for their families. It will give a more socially empowered identity to these women," WCD minister Krishna Tirath told PTI.
She said the idea, mooted by some NGOs, would also be discussed in a meeting to be held with ministers of different states on September 17-18.
Tirath said the portion of a husband's income allocated to his wife is likely to be spent on better food for children, their education and the overall quality of the standard of living.
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