Arvind Kejriwal announces 50 % hike in mimumum wages, asks Narendra Modi to do same

Once the notification is done, the minimum wage in Delhi for unskilled worker will increase from Rs 9,568 to Rs 14,000

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 15, 2016 1:55 pm
arvind kejriwal, narendra modi, minimum wages, independence day, delhi minimum wage hike, minimum wage hike, delhi chief minister speech, kejriwal speech New Delhi : Lt Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his wife Sunita and BJP President Amit Shah during the 70th Independence Day function at the historic Red Fort in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday declared that minimum wages in Delhi will go up by about 50 per cent. He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to implement this throughout the country.

“Those who have less in life should have more in law. So we have decided to increase minimum wages in Delhi by about 50 per cent,” Kejriwal told a packed Chhatrasal Stadium on India’s 70th Independence Day.

He added that the decision would be notified after a cabinet meeting next week. “The gap between the rich and poor increased due to the way previous governments functioned. The rich got richer and the poor became poorer,” he said.

“Now it is our government’s responsibility to improve the lot of the poor through policies like this,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader said to huge applause.

Once the notification is done, the minimum wage in Delhi for unskilled worker will increase from Rs 9,568 to Rs 14,000, for semi-skilled worker from Rs 10,600 to Rs 15,600 and for skilled worker from Rs 11,600 to Rs 17,000. Kejriwal added that this will also give a boost to economy.

“We will make Delhi a happy place to live by using all the powers we have in our hand,” he said. Delhi Law Minister Gopal Rai had on August 5 announced that the AAP government will be a gift to labourers on the occasion of Independence Day.

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    sk mishra
    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm
    Very intelligently Delhi CM is going to reduce traffic from the road with this announcement of 50% raise in wages. Now no industry now will be able to afford labours as cost of the manufacturing will go up hence most industry in Delhi will close down or will move out.become. WOW..
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      Inidna
      Aug 15, 2016 at 11:45 am
      When is raised the ry of his MLA by 500% did he asked Modi to follow, When he go for holiday every month do he ask ......
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        chanduchacha
        Aug 16, 2016 at 3:46 pm
        Jai Kejriwal, Desh ko aisa neta mil jay to Desh ho nihal...ha chu..))))
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          Angelo Pais
          Aug 16, 2016 at 6:34 am
          Great analysis, Sudip. And perfectly correct. Some selfish people try to criticise the move for their own personal gain, maybe to save Rs 50
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            Angelo Pais
            Aug 16, 2016 at 6:30 am
            Well done, Kejriwal. The poor need to be brought up
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              Angelo Pais
              Aug 16, 2016 at 6:55 am
              You are talking like a . Delhi MLAs' ry was a meagre 12,000. Everybody knows the MP's ries. Arvind is not mad to ask modi to increase that
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                Dinesh
                Aug 15, 2016 at 9:49 am
                Good and great step but this should be implemented fast and should be checked whether it requires the approval of LG . If so approval should be taken fast
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                  din
                  Aug 15, 2016 at 8:46 pm
                  Kejari can kick old man ANNA Modi will never do it !
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