New Delhi: Delhi's Labour Minister Gopal Rai on Friday said that as a gift to labourers on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day the Delhi government will hike the minimum wages for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled labourers across the national capital. The minimum wages for working class will be increased from 30 to 40 per cent across all sectors in the national capital, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai said today.
"In order to improve the life standards of labourers, the AAP government is ready to increase the minimum wages of the labourers. This will be our gift to the workers on the occasion of the 70th Independence Day," Rai added.
The current minimum wage is Rs 9,568 for unskilled workers, Rs 10,582 for semi-skilled workers and Rs 11,622 for skilled workers.
A committee is looking into the issue and will send its recommendations on what the revised wages should be, said Rai.
The 13-member tripartite body comprises representatives from workers’ groups, employers’ organisations and the government, said the minister “The committee, headed by the labour commissioner, was notified on April 12. The commissioner has convened five meetings and constituted two sub-committees. These sub-committees undertook a survey on the price of essential food items in crowded areas such as Mangolpuri, Naraina, Narela, Okhla, Jhilmil Colony, and Wazirpur,” said the minister.
The minister added that the panel members also visited various stores and outlets. “They noted the price of food items from Kendriya Bhandar, Mother Dairy and Safal outlets, to help calculate the requisite increase in minimum wages,” said Rai.
To figure out the average cost incurred by each family in Delhi, the committee factored in the cost of five components — food, accommodation, electricity, clothing and education — said the minister.
“In an effort to improve the quality of life of labourers, the AAP government is ready to implement the revised wages. The National Nutrition Institute, Hyderabad, has prescribed a requirement of 2,731 calories per worker per day. In addition to food requirements, other components like housing, education, fuel and power, and clothing have also been taken into consideration by the committee,” said Rai.