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DA for Pensioners under PF 
The minimum pension for pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 remains at Rs. 1000/- per month. The Union Cabinet in its meeting held on 29.04.2015 has approved continuation of minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month under EPS, 1995 beyond 2014-15 in perpetuity with certain conditionalities. The deductions on account of benefits availed by pensioners on the basis of choice exercised at the time of making claim like Commutation, Return of Capital and Short Service Pension are continued to be applied on the minimum pension amount. 


There is no proposal under consideration at present for providing inflation-linked Dearness Allowance (DA) to pensioners of EPS, 1995. The issue of index-linking of pension by fully neutralizing inflation was considered by the Expert Committee constituted by the Government in the year 2009 for review of EPS, 1995 and the same was found not feasible in the case of a funded scheme like EPS,1995. In EPS, 1995, the contribution of the employer and Government is at a fixed rate of 8.33 per cent and 1.16 per cent respectively. Therefore, the value of benefits cannot be left open-ended by linking it with inflation which is variable.

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Ministry Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 
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Mines Safety 
            The information regarding number of fatal accidents and casualties is at Annexure.

Details of fatal accidents in coal mines during 2012 - 2015
State
Year
Fatal
No. of Fatal Accidents
No. of persons killed
No. of persons S/Injured
all-India
2012
79
83
6
2013
77
82
11
2014
69
72
3
2015
57
58
8

            The State-wise details of number of cases registered (as on 01.12.2015) against delinquents for violating the statutory provisions of the Mines Act, 1952 is at Annexure–IIAdequate provisions for safety and health of persons employed in mines are made in the Mines Act, 1952 and rules and regulations made there under. DGMS makes every effort to ensure strict compliance of such provisions by mine management. To see that the mine management carries out the mining operations in accordance with the legal provisions to ensure safety of mining workers, officers of DGMS make periodic inspections of all types of mines, irrespective of ownership types of the mines. During inspection of mines, if the workings or the environment are found to be unsafe and dangerous from the point of view of safety of workers; violation letters, notices or prohibitory orders are immediately issued to the management to take necessary steps for improvement. Unless the conditions improve for re-deployment of persons as recorded through inspections, the orders are not vacated and persons are not allowed to be deployed in such dangerous conditions. DGMS after proper enquiry also launches prosecutions against the mines which violate the rules and regulations of Mines Act, 1952.

            Government has proposed to conduct the occupational health survey of workers employed in stone mines and quarries of unorganized sectors. A project “Multi Centric Study of Dust Related Disease in Stone Mines and Development of Sustainable Preventive Program” has been entrusted to National Institute of Miners Health (NIMH), Nagpur, an Autonomous Institute under Ministry of Mines. The project will start from the current financial year 2015-16.
The following steps have been taken by the Government to prevent accidental deaths in mines:
(i)                 In order to reduce the exposure of miners to risk of accidents and health hazards, manual loading and transportation at the coal faces are being eliminated by mechanized drilling, loading and transportation;
(ii)               Continuous environment monitoring system is being installed in gassy coal mines to give forewarning of any accumulation of inflammable gas, presence of noxious gases including Co, Co2 and deficiency of oxygen in mine atmosphere;
(iii)             Low capacity loading and transport machinery are being replaced by high capacity machines in open cast coal mines thereby reducing the traffic in mines and accidents in opencast operations;
(iv)             A fresh initiatives has been undertaken in coal mines to improve the skills of the operators and competent persons using most modern training aids like simulators, 3D Artificial Intelligent Audio-Visuals; 
(v)           Workers participation and sensitization in matters of safety are ensured through training in safety and by initiatives like celebration of safety week and safety campaigns, etc.
(vi)             Safety training programmes are organized among Managers and    Supervisors for improving safety standards in mines.
(vii)           Risk Assessment Techniques are being introduced aimed at elimination of risks and to ensure safety of workmen.
(viii)      To promote and propagate safety awareness in mines, National Safety Awards (Mines), National Conference on Safety in Mines is organized by DGMS. The recommendations of National Conference on Safety in Mines go a long way in enhancing safety of mine workers.
(ix)             Standard operating procedures are established to avoid unsafe practices in mines.
(x)               A special safety awareness campaign has been launched to increase awareness of mine workers. i.e., ‘Safety is My Responsibility’ and steps have been taken to propagate the same.
This information given by Minister of State (IC) for Ministry Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
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Restriction of Outsiders in Trade Unions 
The Ministry of Labour and Employment has taken steps for drafting the Labour Code on Industrial Relations, by simplifying, amalgamating and rationalizing the relevant provisions of the following three Labour Laws:-

(i) The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947,

(ii) The Trade Unions Act, 1926,

(iii) The Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946.

The Government carried out the process of Tripartite Consultation for drafting the Labour Code on Industrial Relations, where the representatives from Central Trade Unions, Employers’ Association and Central Ministries/State Governments participated and gave their suggestions. Two such meetings for the tripartite consultation on this Labour Code were held on 06.05.2015 and 06.10.2015.

During consultation stage, the draft of the Labour Code on Industrial Relations has also been shared with experts of International Labour Organisation (ILO) who have provided their suggestions on the provisions of the draft code. The provisions of the draft code are under consideration.

This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Ministry Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. 
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Changes under Bonus Act 
Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Ministry Labour and Employment in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today stated that there is a proposal to increase the eligibility limit and calculation ceiling under the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965. 
                The minimum wage in the country may not be comparable to those of developed countries owing to differences in exchange rates, purchasing power parity of local currencies, etc.  Also under the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, both Central and State Governments are appropriate Governments to fix, review and revise the minimum wages of the workers employed in the scheduled employment under their respective jurisdictions.  As regards minimum wages in States, there is disparity due to variations in socio-economic and agro-climatic conditions, income, prices of essential commodities, paying capacity, productivity and local conditions.  However, as per the available information, a statement showing the range of rates of minimum wages in all the States/Union Territories is enlisted here.
                Category wise Range of Minimum Rates of Wages in All States as on 01.12.2015
S.No.
State/UT
Categories
Unskilled
Semi Skilled
Skilled
Highly Skilled
Min.
Max.
Min.
Max.
Min.
Max.
Min.
Max.
1
Andhra Pradesh
69.27
-
-
-
-
-
-
858.83
2
Arunachal Pradesh
150.00
170.00
160.00
180.00
170.00
190.00
-
-
3
Assam
177.84
177.84
205.20
205.20
284.55
284.55
-
-
4
Bihar
181.00
197.00
188.00
206.00
232.00
251.00
282.00
308.00
5
Chhattisgarh
157.00
242.00
201.00
247.00
210.00
256.00
236.00
266.00
6
Goa
215.00
216.00
223.00
229.00
227.00
232.00
235.00
292.00
7
Gujarat
150.00
276.00
276.00
284.00
284.00
293.00
-
-
8
Haryana
226.40
226.40
231.40
236.40
241.40
246.40
251.40
251.40
9
Himachal Pradesh
170.00
185.55
180.17
187.00
206.52
214.00
227.12
274.50
10
Jammu & Kashmir*
150.00
150.00
175.00
175.00
225.00
225.00
-
-
11
Jharkhand
210.00
225.00
220.00
240.00
290.00
335.00
259.31
360.00
12
Karnataka
198.23
-
-
-
-
-
-
343.58
13
Kerala *
150.00
532.50
-
-
-
-
-
-
14
Madhya Pradesh
187.00
253.00
248.00
339.00
294.00
387.00
337.00
389.00
15
Maharashtra
180.00
315.49




-
-
16
Meghalaya
170.00
170.00
181.00
181.00
191.00
191.00
212.00
212.00
17
Manipur
122.10
122.10
129.97
129.97
132.60
132.60
-
-
18
Mizoram
220.00
220.00
250.00
250.00
310.00
380.00
-
-
19
Nagaland
115.00
115.00
125.00
125.00
135.00
135.00
145.00
145.00
20
Odisha
200.00
200.00
220.00
220.00
240.00
240.00
260.00
260.00
21
Punjab
267.13
277.13
297.13
297.13
331.63
331.63
371.33
371.33
22
Rajasthan
166.00
166.00
176.00
176.00
186.00
186.00
236.00
236.00
23
Sikkim
220.00
220.00
242.00
242.00
275.00
275.00
319.00
319.00
24
 Tamil Nadu
146.00
431.86
-
-
-
-
-
-
25
Tripura
142.46
346.15
162.81
375.00
184.96
403.85
280.00
405.42
26
Uttarakhand
200.00
272.12
231.54
291.54
235.31
310.96
249.23
356.35
27
Uttar Pradesh
161.00
262.11
240.24
288.32
282.07
322.96
299.19
299.19
28
West Bengal
171.00
268.00
172.00
295.00
175.00
324.50
181.00
357.00
29
A.& N. Islands
274.00
285.00
286.00
294.00
338.00
363.00
363.00
384.00
30
Chandigarh
306.19
306.19
311.96
316.00
323.15
332.15
348.00
348.00
31
D & N Haveli
220.80
220.80
227.30
227.30
233.80
233.80
-
-
32
Daman & Diu
268.20
268.20
276.20
276.20
284.20
284.20
-
-
33
Delhi
316.00
353.00
349.00
390.00
384.00
429.00
-
-
34
Lakshadweep
255.20
255.20
280.50
280.20
305.20
305.20
335.20
335.20
35
Puducherry
55.00
255.00
-
-
-
-
-
-
36
Telangana
69.27
363.26







* Data is yet to be received. Figures indicate rates of wages as on 31.12.2013
The minimum wages shown for unskilled category for the state of Assam and West Bengal do  not include the rates for Tea plantation. However, the rate of Tea Plantation in Tamil Nadu and Kerala are higher than the minimum for unskilled category.


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