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Wage hike in Delhi and Haryana
Minimum monthly wages for industrial labourers have been raised in view of the increase of 67 points in the price index; this would be effective from 1 January 2011 in Haryana and 1 February 2011 in Delhi.

Chandigarh/ Delhi: Giving a major relief to the labourers — skilled, non-skilled and semi-skilled— in Haryana and Delhi, the respective state governments have enhanced their minimum monthly wages.

The minimum wages for industrial labourers has been increased by Rs 155 in Haryana and by 15 per cent in Delhi.

The minimum monthly wages for industrial labourers and those engaged in brick-kilns has been increased by Rs 155, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced on Thursday.

“With this enhancement, an unskilled labourer would get minimum wages of Rs 4503 per month or Rs 173 per day. These wages have been raised in view of the increase of 67 points in the price index and would be effective from January 1, 2011,” Hooda said.

He added, “Currently there are about 11500 small and large industrial units in the state in which about 7.5 lakh labourers are working. Similarly, about four lakh workers were working at shops, dhabas and small units.” 

Hooda said that the government was aware of their economic and social security, and a provision has been made in the Minimum Wages Act to fix minimum wages on the basis of Consumer Price Index for those working in more than 48 declared scheduled employments, industries and shops. 

Under this provision, after every six months, the Consumer Price Index is reviewed in the months of January and July and accordingly, the minimum wages are fixed so that the labourers get their due in view of the inflation. In Haryana, the Government has linked wages with Consumer Price Index.

Detailing out the wages, Haryana minister of state for labour and employment Shiv Charan Sharma said that in case of unskilled labour, the monthly wages would be Rs. 4502.98 and daily wages Rs. 173.19. 

In case of semi skilled, these would be Rs. 4632.98 and Rs. 178.19. For skilled category, these would be Rs. 4892.98 and Rs. 188.19.

According to another report, the Delhi government on Wednesday hiked the minimum monthly wages for skilled and unskilled labourers by 15 per cent in view of inflation. 

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The revised rates will be effective from February 1.

Announcing the revised wages, Labour Minister Ramakant Goswami said: "The Delhi government is committed to provide relief to low-paid workers; hence, it has been decided to compensate workers with a hike in minimum wages due to inflation."

The minimum wages for unskilled workers have been hiked to Rs 234 per day from Rs 203 per day. As per the revised rates, unskilled workers will be getting a monthly salary of Rs 6,084 instead of Rs 5,278.

The minimum wages for semi-skilled workers have been increased from Rs 225 per day to Rs 259, which will hike their monthly salary from existing Rs 5,850 to Rs 6,734.

Skilled workers' daily wages have been increased from Rs 248 to Rs 285 and their monthly salary will go up to Rs 7,410 from Rs 6,448.

"The daily wages of non-matriculate workers have been hiked to Rs 259 from Rs 225, which will take their monthly wages to Rs 6,734 from Rs 5,850," Goswami said.

The wages of matriculates have been hiked from Rs 248 per day to Rs 285 per day and their monthly wages would go up to Rs 7,410 from existing Rs 6,448.

The wages for workers with graduation degree and above have been increased from Rs 270 per day to Rs 310 per day. 

 

Source: iGovernment