Plan to increase Minimum Wages across the country: Rajya Sabha QA
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1865
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.03.2023
PLAN TO INCREASE MINIMUM WAGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
1865. SHRI SANDOSH KUMAR P:
Will the Minister of Labour and Employment be pleased to state:
(a) the existing minimum wages in each State and Union Territory of the country;
(b) whether Government is planning to increase the minimum wages across the country; and
(c) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?
MINISTER OF STATE FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI RAMESWAR TELI)
(a) to (c): Under the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, both the Central Government and the State Governments are appropriate Governments to fix, review and revise the minimum wages of the employees employed in the scheduled employments under their respective jurisdictions. In order to take care of the rising prices, the Central Government revises the Variable Dearness Allowance (V.D.A) on basic rates of minimum wages every six months effective from 1st April and 1st October of every year on the basis of Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers. V.D.A. on basic rates of minimum wages was last revised w.e.f. 01.10.2022. A statement showing increase in the rates of wages on account of increasing V.D.A payable to the employees engaged in the scheduled employments in the Central Sphere is at Annexure. The details of periodic revision of minimum rates of wages in scheduled employments in the State sphere are not centrally maintained.
Source: Rajya Sabha