Revised Rates of Minimum Wages in Delhi notified by Govt.; Hon’ble President returns the Bill for reconsideration of the Delhi Assembly on certain issues; Delhi Government to Form Special Teams to enforce New Rates of Minimum Wages
Delhi has become the first state for the highest increase in the minimum wage rates, as the Govt. has notified in Official Gazette the revised/ increased rates applicable w.e.f. 4 Mar. 2017 after approval from the Hon’ble LG of Delhi. It is pertinent to note that revision in the rates of minimum wages was carried out last in 1994 and since then only Dearness Allowance (DA) has been increased from time to time, mostly twice in a year, based on increase/ decrease in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Numbers.
|Schedule of Employments||Category of Workmen/ Employees||Minimum Wages (Rs/ pm)||Minimum Wages (Rs/ daily)|
|All Schedule employments||a) Unskilled||13,350/-||513/-|
|d) Clerical and supervisory staff|
|i) Non Matriculate||14,698/-||565/-|
|ii) Matriculate but not Graduate||16,182/-||622/-|
|iii) Graduate and above||17,604/-||677/-|
It may be noted that the minimum rates of wages fixed in Delhi, from time to time, are linked with All India Consumer Price Index Series, 2001 (Base 2001=100). For Dearness Allowance neutralization, the rate of adjustment is taken as Rs. 1.35 per point for Unskilled, Rs. 1.50 per point for Semi skilled, Rs. 1.65 per point for Skilled, Rs. 1.50 per point for Non matriculates, Rs. 1.65 per point for Matriculates but not Graduate and Rs. 1.80 per point for Graduate and above. This adjustment is made in half yearly basis, i.e., on 1st April and 1st October each year, after taking into account the average index numbers for July to December of the previous year and January to June of the current year respectively. However, in case there is decline in All India Consumer Price Index, there shall be no impact on notified applicable minimum rates of wages for different category of workmen/employees due to adjustment on account of apparent decrease in dearness allowance.
Hon’ble President returns the Bill for reconsideration of the Bill by Delhi Govt.
Delhi’s Minimum Wages bill has been returned by the Hon’ble President of India for reconsideration on certain issues relating to penal provisions, etc. In view of the same, enforceability of the Minimum Wages notification published in the Official Gazette is a subject matter of legal review, as to whether the new rates can be enforced without assent from the Hon’ble President or the existing rates of minimum wages shall continue to be applicable until the bill is duly approved in due course.
Delhi Government to Form Special Teams to enforce New Rates of Minimum Wages (NDTV)
The Delhi government will form special teams in each district to strictly enforce new rates of minimum wages in the city, Labour Minister Gopal Rai said on 1 May 2017, while addressing workers on Labour Day at a function. He has directed the Labour Deptt. to take up all complaints regarding non-payment of new minimum wages on priority and their disposal should be in a time-bound manner.
The Labour Minister said all the district heads have been asked to direct labour inspectors in their respective areas to ensure payment of minimum wages at revised rates to workers and all efforts should be made for the same.
The Delhi government is very serious and keen for strict enforcement and compliance of new rates of minimum wages for which special task force teams will be constituted in each district for surveillance and redressal of complaints regarding violation of minimum wages. NDTV