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Minimum Wages and Minimum Pension



Minimum Wages

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 consisting of agriculture and non-agricultural sector under their   respective  jurisdictions. The rates of minimum wages fixed for scheduled employments in the Central Sphere is at enlisted.




As on 01.04.2016
Name of Schedulded Employment 
Category of Worker
Rates of wages including V.D.A per day (in Rs.)
Area A
Area B
Area C
1. Agriculture
Unskilled
234.00
213.00
211.00
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisory
256.00
236.00
216.00
Skilled/Clerical
278.00
256.00
235.00
Highly Skilled
308.00
286.00
256.00
2. Workers engaged in Stone Mines for Stone Breaking and Stone Crushing
1. Excavation & removal of over burden with 50 meters lead/1.5 meters lift:
(a) Soft Soil
247.00
(b) Soft Soil with Rock
373.00
(c) Rock
494.00
2. Removal and Staking of rejected stones with 50 metres lead 1.5 metres lift
199.00
Stone breaking or Stone Crushing for the stone size
(a) 1.0 inch to 1.5 inches
1528.00
(b) Above 1.5 Inches to 3.0 Inches
1307.00
(c) Above 3.0 Inches to 5 Inches
765.00
(d) Above 5.0 Inches
628.00
3. Sweeping and Cleaning
Unskilled
368.00
307.00
246.00
4. Watch and Ward
Without Arms
407.00
347.00
288.00
With Arms
448.00
407.00
347.00
5. Loading and Unloading
Unskilled
368.00
307.00
246.00
6. Construction
Unskilled
368.00
307.00
246.00
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisory
407.00
347.00
288.00
Skilled/Clerical
448.00
407.00
347.00
Highly Skilled
487.00
448.00
407.00
7. Non-Coal Mines

Above Ground
Below Ground
Unskilled
246.00
307.00
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisory
307.00
368.00
Skilled/Clerical
368.00
429.00
Highly Skilled
429.00
487.00
Name of Schedulded Employment
Nomenclature
1. Agriculture
Agriculture
2. Workers engaged in Stone Mines for Stone Breaking and Stone Crushing
Workers engaged in Stone Mines for Stone Breaking and Stone Crushing
3. Sweeping and Cleaning
Employment of Sweeping and Cleaning excluding Activities prohibited under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993
4. Watch and Ward
Employment of Watch and Ward
5. Loading and Unloading
Employment in Loading and Unloading in (i) Goods Sheds, Parcel Offices of Railways; (ii) Other Goodssheds, Godowns, Warehouses etc. and;  (iii) Docks and Ports
6. Construction
Construction or maintenance of Roads or Runways or in Building Operations including laying down Underground Electric, Wireless, Radio, Television, Telephone, Telegraph and Overseas Communication Cables and similar other Underground Cabling Work, Electric Lines, Water Supply Lines and Sewerage Pipe Lines
7. Non-Coal Mines
Employees engaged in the employment of  Gypsum, Barytes, Bauxite, Manganese, China Clay, Kyanite, Copper,Clay, Magnesite, White Clay, Stone, Steatite (including the mines producing Soap Stones and Talc), Orchre, Asbestos, Fire Clay, Chromite, Quartzite, Quartz, Silica, Graphite, Felspar, Laterite, Dolomite, Red Oxide, Wolfram, Iron Ore, Granite, Rock Phosphate, Hematite, Marble and Calcite, Uranium, Mica, Lignite, Grave, Slate and Magnetite Mines
CLASSIFICATION  OF  AREA
AREA – “A”
Ahmedabad
(UA)
Hyderabad
(UA)
Faridabad complex

Bangaluru
(UA)
Kanpur
(UA)
Ghaziabad

Kolkata
(UA)
Lucknow
(UA)
Gurgaon

Delhi
(UA)
Chennai
(UA)
Noida

Greater Mumbai
(UA)
Nagpur
(UA)
Secunderabad

Navi Mumbai





AREA – “B”
Agra
(UA)
Jodhpur

Jabalpur
(UA)
Ajmer

Kochi
(UA)
Jaipur
(UA)
Aligarh

Kolhapur
(UA)
Jalandhar
(UA)
Allahabad
(UA)
Kozhikode
(UA)
Jamshedpur
(UA)
Amravati

Kota

Puducherry
(UA)
Aurangabad
(UA)
Ludhiana

Jalandhar-cantt.

Bareilly
(UA)
Madurai
(UA)
Dhanbad
(UA)
Bhavnagar

Meerut
(UA)
Dehradun
(UA)
Bikaner

Moradabad
(UA)
Durg-Bhilai Nagar
(UA)
Bhopal

Mysore
(UA)
Jammu
(UA)
Bhubaneshwar

Nasik
(UA)
Jamnagar
(UA)
Amritsar
(UA)
Pune
(UA)
Vijayawada
(UA)
Chandigarh
(UA)
Patna
(UA)
Vishakhapatnam
(UA)
Coimbatore
(UA)
Raipur
(UA)
Warangal

Cuttack
(UA)
Rajkot

Mangalore
(UA)
Durgapur

Ranchi
(UA)
Salem
(UA)
Gorakhpur

Sholapur

Tiruppur
(UA)
Guwahati City

Srinagar
(UA)
Tiruchirappalli
(UA)
Guntur

Surat
(UA)
Asansol
(UA)
Gwalior
(UA)
Thiruvanantapuram
(UA)
Belgaum
(UA)
Indore
(UA)
Vadodara
(UA)
Bhiwandi
(UA)
Hubli-Dharwad

Varanasi
(UA)


Area ‘C’ will comprise all areas not mentioned in this list.


NB: U.A. stands for Urban Agglomeration.




The range of minimum wages in the State Sphere is at enlisted.
S. No.
State/UT
Categories
Unskilled
Semi Skilled
Skilled
Highly Skilled
Min.
Max.
Min.
Max.
Min.
Max.
Min.
Max.
Central Sphere
204.00
294.00
209.00
353.00
227.00
411.00
247.00
467.00
1
Andhra Pradesh
69.27
-
-
-
-
-
-
858.83
2
Arunachal Pradesh
150.00
170.00
160.00
180.00
170.00
190.00
-
-
3
Assam
240.00
-
280.00
-
350.00
-
450.00
-
4
Bihar
181.00
197.00
188.00
206.00
232.00
251.00
282.00
308.00
5
Chhatisgarh
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
275.46
548.70
-
-
-
-
-
-
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
211.00
278.00
232.00
306.00
255.00
337.00
370.00
-
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 in respect of Jammu & Kashmir. Rates for unskilled workers for Assam and West Bengal exclude Tea garden workers.
The implementation of the Act is carried out by the Centre as well as the States in respect of their respective jurisdiction. In the Central Sphere, the enforcement is secured through the Inspecting Officers of the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) commonly designated as Central Industrial Relations Machinery (CIRM), the compliance in the State sphere is ensured through the State Enforcement Machinery. They conduct regular inspections and in the event of detection of any case of non-payment or under-payment of minimum wages, they advise the employers to make payment of the shortfall of wages. In case of non-compliance, penal provisions against the defaulting employers are invoked. The details of enforcement of Minimum Wages Act in Central Sphere during the years 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 (upto December 2015) is at enlisted.
Details of Enforcement of Minimum Wages Act, 1948
in Central Sphere Establishments

Sl. No.
Particulars
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
*Upto Dec, 2015
1.
No. of Inspections conducted

15500
13099
6497
4904
2.
No. of Irregularities

157111
129341
64987
36887
3.
No. of Prosecution Launched

5307
5167
3566
981
4.
No. of convictions

4954
5074
2694
988

Source: Office of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Ministry of Labour & Employment.
This information given by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (IC) for Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Minimum Pension
The Government has notified a minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month to the pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 vide Notification No. G.S.R. 593 (E), dated 19th August, 2014 effective from 01.09.2014 for the year 2014-15 which is continued beyond March, 2015 without any break.

However, no proposal is under consideration of the Government 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 wherein 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 Labour and Employment, in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


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