On Friday Labour Minister Gopal Rai declares that, the minimum wage for Delhi’s working class will be hiked by 30 to 40 per cent crossways all sectors in the Capital. The preceding revision of minimum wages in the Capital had been taken on in 1994. Mr. Rai has conveyed a 13-member advisory committee, which was comprised by the Labour Department to revise minimum wages in Delhi this April, will present its report in the subsequently few days. Subsequent this, the decision on fixing minimum wages for those crossways the working class, counting unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers, will be taken.
He has also further conveyed that, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) administration has taken this decision following reviewing the average cost incurred by a family on food, accommodation, electricity, clothing and education. We will augment the minimum wages by 30 to 40 per cent in Delhi across all sectors. Though, Mr. Rai has also further conveyed that, the section had been notifying augments in Dearness Allowance (DA) twice in a year – April and October, which is based on All India Consumer Price Index No (CPIN). Mr. Rai conveyed the administration’s move was intended to fulfil its electoral assure and get better the quality of life of labourers in the Capital.
The Minister has also further conveyed adding that the revision of minimum wages was designed on the basis of cost of various food items, and the necessity of 2,731 calories per worker per day as set by the National Nutrition Institute, Hyderabad. Mr. Rai has also further conveyed that, in addition to food, other components like housing (10 per cent), education (25 per cent), fuel and power (20 per cent) and clothing (72 per cent) which have been determined by Indian Labour Conference-1957, have also been taken into consideration by the committee. As per previous rules, minimum wage for an unskilled person is Rs. 9,568, Rs. 10,582 for semi-skilled labour and Rs. 11,622 for skilled class in Delhi. Mr. Rai has also further conveyed that, the Labour Department had lately sent the proposal to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for his nod, but it was sent back to us; he has sought more explanations.