what steps have been taken by the government to improve the condition of the people working in the informal sector?

Dear Student,
A majority of the workforce in India are employed in the informal sector. But the people working in this sector are exploited the most in terms of working conditions, working hours, wages, health issues, etc. Therefore the Government of India has adopted various measures to improve the conditions of the people working in this sector.
In 2004, the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector (NCEUS) was set up by the Government of India to examine the issues of the informal sector. This Commission recommended several favourable conditions for work and prescribed the minimum standards for the informal sector workers which included:
(a) an 8 hour working day with at least half-hour break,
(b) one paid day of rest per week,
(c) a statutory national minimum wage for all wage workers and home workers,
(d) penal interest on delayed payment of wages,
(e) no deduction from wages in payment of fines,
(f) the right to organise,
(g) non-discrimination on the basis of sex, caste, religion, HIV/AIDS status and place of origin,
(h) adequate safety equipment at the workplace and compensation from accidents,
(i) protection from sexual harassment, provision of childcare and provision of basic amenities at the workplace.

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