Govt. to raise minimum wages in Uttarakhand

Govt. to raise minimum wages in Uttarakhand

ALLinDOON

Staff Reporter

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 12:00 IST

 

 

 

Dehradun: Amongst a number of announcements made by the Chief Minister yesterday, one was raising the Minimum Wages for the workers in the state. Bahuguna acknowledged that Uttarakhand was at present paying minimum wages at rates even lower than Uttar Pradesh.


In view of this, the government has decided to bring parity in the minimum wages with Uttar Pradesh along with the variable DA as applicable in UP. This was for a period of six months at stood at Rs1612 per month at present. The proposed minimum wages for unskilled labour were Rs4950 per month, for the semi skilled workers Rs5610 per month and for the skilled labour Rs6270 per month.


The final decision will be taken after inviting suggestions and objections under Section5 b of Minimum Wages Act. Bahuguna criticized the BJP Government, which had the opportunity to raise the Minimum Wages in 2010, but did not do so.


The relief provided by the government to the victims in case of death due to natural disasters has also been increased from Rs1.50 lakh to Rs3 lakh.


Additionally, the government had decided to raise the Dearness Allowance of the government employees at the rate of 7 percent with effect from January 1, 2012. This would entail a burden of Rs21 crores per month on the State Exchequer.


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