New Delhi: The Kejriwal Government has hiked minimum monthly wages of unskilled and skilled labourers by Rs 450-Rs 550 in view of high rate of inflation, according to an official statement on Friday. The increased minimum wages for labourers will be applicable from April 1, it said.
About the increment in wages of daily wage workers, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said in a statement, ”Amidst the rising inflation, this is a big step taken in the interest of the labour class. Delhi Government has hiked the dearness allowance for unskilled working classes in the capital. The move will benefit unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and other workers in all scheduled employment under the aegis of the Delhi Government.”
“The hike in minimum wages will give respite to the labour class facing back-breaking inflation. The Delhi government is paying the highest rates of minimum wages in the entire country,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
It is to be noted that, after the revision of wages by the government, the monthly wages for unskilled labourers have been revised from Rs 16,064 to Rs 16,506.
For semi-skilled labourers, the monthly wages have been enhanced from Rs 17,693 to Rs 18,187. For skilled labourers, the wages have been increased from Rs 19,473 to Rs 20,019 a month.
Additionally, the minimum wage rates for the supervisor and the clerical cadre of employees have also been revised. The monthly wages for non-matriculated employees have been increased from Rs 17,693 to Rs 18,187 and for matriculating employees, from Rs 19,473 to Rs 20,019. For graduates and those with higher educational qualifications, the monthly wages have been hiked from Rs 21,184 to Rs 21,756.
Sisodia said that the wage revision was a big step taken amid rising inflation.”This step has been taken in the interest of the poor and the working class, who have suffered disproportionately due to the current pandemic. The hike will also benefit those in clerical and supervisory jobs,” he said.
Sisodia said that people employed on minimum wages in the unorganised sector should also get the benefits of the dearness allowances, which are usually offered to state and central government employees. Minimum wages in Delhi are the highest in comparison to any other state. The Delhi government is constantly revising the dearness allowance every six months to provide respite to all workers of Delhi from inflation, he added.