As a part of its nationwide campaign to demand increase in minimum wages to workers in all sectors, the Shramik Vikas Sangathan (SVS) floated by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has launched a signature campaign in the state from October 20 to December 14. The sangathan is demanding that minimum wages for daily wagers be raised to Rs 14,052 per month as being paid by the Delhi government.
The current minimum wages in Delhi were hiked after AAP came to power with Avind Kejriwal as chief minister. It was one of the reasons, besides reduction in power tariff and free supply of drinking water, that made AAP government in Delhi popular. The sangathan, according to a statement, is demaning that minimum wages in all the states be raised to that being currently paid by the Delhi state government.
The monthly minimum wages in Gujarat at current rates is Rs. 7,176. The sangathan is demanding that it be raised to Rs 14,052 which is being made in Delhi, which is twice the amount being given in Gujarat. AAP media convener Harshil Nayak said that the sangathan would submit a memomrandum to state labour minister Dilip Kumar Thakore on December 15, along with signatures, requesting him to hike the minimum wages as being given in Delhi.