Minimum rates of wages and VDA for Agriculture Workers w.e.f 1st October 2020

Minimum rates of wages and Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) for Agriculture Workers w.e.f 1st October 2020 – Labour Bureau Order Dated 12th Oct 2020

File No.1/ 20(1) / 2020-LS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Office of the Chief Labour Commissioner(C)
New Delhi



In exercise of the powers conferred by Central Government vide Notification No. S.O. 186(E) dated 19th January, 2017 of the Ministry of Labour and Employment the undersigned hereby revise the rates of Variable Dearness Allowance for the employees employed in Agriculture w.e.f. 01.10.2020 on the basis of the average Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers reaching 329.16 from 324 as on 30.06.2020 (Base 2001-100) and thereby resulting in an increase of 5.16 points. The revised Variable Dearness Allowance as under shall be payable from 01.10.2020:-

Category of worker Rates of V.D.A. Area wise per day (in Rupees)
‘A’ ‘B’ ‘C’
Unskilled 74 68 68
Semi-Skilled / Unskilled Supervisory 81 74 68
Skilled Clerical 88 81 74
Highly Skilled 97 90 81


Therefore, the minimum rates of wages including the basic rates and Variable Dearness Allowance payable w.e.f. 01.10.2020 to the employees working in Agriculture shall be as under:-

Category of worker Rates of wages including V.D.A. Area wise per day (in Rupees)
Unskilled 333+74=407 303+68=371 300+68=368

Skilled/ Unskilled Supervisory

364+81=445 335+74=409 307+68=375
Skilled/ Clerical 395+88=483 364+81=445 334+74=408
Highly Skilled 438+97=535 407+90=497 364+81=445


The VDA has been rounded off to the next higher rupee as per the decision of the Minimum Wages Advisory Board.

The classification of workers under different categories will be same as in Part-I of the notification, whereas classification of cities will be same as in the Part-II of the notification dated 19th January, 2017. The present classification of cities into areas A, B & C is enclosed at Annexure I for ready reference.

Chief Labour Commissioner(C)

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