Govt approves hike in ‘Minimum Wages’ for labourers

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 4: For the first time since 2013, Government today approved a significant hike in ‘Minimum Wages’ for skilled and unskilled labourers  and administrative/ministerial labour.
Chairing the meeting of State Advisory Board on Revision of Minimum Wages at the Civil Secretariat here, Minister of Finance and Labour & Employment, Dr Haseeb Drabu approved the hike in ‘Minimum Wages’ for ‘unskilled’ labour from Rs 150 to Rs 225, a hike of 50 percent while in case of skilled labour, wages will be hiked from Rs 225 to Rs 300, an increase 55.55 percent.
Dr Drabu said the Labour Department has abolished the category of ‘semi-skilled’ labour while ‘highly-skilled’ category has been introduced for which rate has been fixed at Rs 400. In case of administrative/ministerial staff, wages will go up from Rs 200 to Rs 325, a hike of 62.5 percent.
“In the longer run, the Labour Department will formulate a comprehensive strategy which will provide social security to the Labour Class and restore their dignity in the society,” Dr Drabu said.
The Finance Minister was told there will be a reasonable annual hike of 10 to 15 percent for all class of labour and the Labour Department will work out a ‘social security package’ for them.
“The ‘social security package’ must include schemes such as Provident Fund, Medical and Emergency Insurance and other benefits. The package will provide social security to workers who fall sick or get disabled during the course of their daily work,” Dr Drabu said.
He said the Government is moving to bring the ‘Minimum Wages’ at par with the market standard in coming years while directing the officers to re-examine the classification of labourers in the light of use of new technology.
The meeting was also attended by Financial Commissioner, Navin Choudhary, Commissioner Secretary, Labour and Employment, Kifayat Rizvi, Labour Commissioner, Abdul Rasheed, Director Codes, MR Andrabi and other officers of Finance and Labour & Employment Department.