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L-G sets up Minimum Wage Advisory Board

L-G sets up Minimum Wage Advisory Board

NEW DELHI: To advise the Delhi government over fixing and revising minimum wages for different categories of workers, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal has constituted the Minimum Wage Advisory Board, an official said. "For advising the government in respect of fixation and revision of minimum rates of wages, the Delhi L-G has constituted the 'Delhi Minimum Wage Advisory Board' of 36 members," the Labour Department official said.

The members include the Labour Secretary as the Chairman, three official members, two non-official members and 15 representatives each from employers and employees. The Labour Department, headed by Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai, had in November last year proposed new minimum wages for all contractual workers in the national capital.

On 17 August, 2016, The Delhi cabinet had announced about 50 percent hike in minimum wages in national Capital. With this revised minimum wages, the minimum rates of wages for unskilled categories will be Rs 14052, earlier it was Rs. 9568. Similarly, for semiskilled categories of workers, the revised minimum wage will be Rs 15471, while the previous rate was Rs 10,582. Meanwhile for skilled categories of workers, the minimum wages, which was earlier Rs 11622, has been revised to Rs 16,800.

The Delhi government has adopted the Centre's minimum wages scheme after the High Court quashed its notification on the matter. "Under the central scheme, skilled workers will get approximately Rs 17,400 per month as against Rs 16,800 under the Delhi government scheme," said Delhi government official.

"Unskilled workers will get Rs 14,300 compared with Rs 13,800 under the Delhi government's scheme," he added.

The government has sought suggestions, views, inputs and comments on the proposed minimum wages till January 11. "The board will take into consideration the suggestions, views, inputs and comments and advise the government in respect of fixing and revising minimum rates of wages for different categories of workers," the official said.

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