Delhi: 50 per cent increase in minimum wages for workers, says Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi Chief minister said that Cabinet will clear the proposal to revise minimum wages later this week.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 15, 2016 4:54 pm
delhi, arvind kejriwal, kejriwal, delhi workers, delhi workers wage, workers wage, india news, latest news Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal taking salute during the70th Independence Day celebrations at Chhatrasal Stadium, in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced a nearly 50 per cent increase in minimum wages for all working class in the national capital and urged the Prime Minister and all the CMs to do the same across the country.

Speaking at a function to celebrate Independence Day at Chhatrasal Stadium, Kejriwal said that Cabinet will clear the proposal to revise minimum wages later this week, asserting that policies that only take care of super rich won’t work.

“My government is for rich, middle and poor classes. However, AAP government works most for poor and middle class. We are increasing minimum wages by about 50 per cent later this week,” Kejriwal said.

As per the government’s proposal, the minimum wages for unskilled person will be Rs 14,052 against the existing Rs 9,568 in the national capital. Besides, the same for semi-skilled and skilled persons will increase from Rs 10,582 to Rs 15,471 and from Rs 11,622 to 17,033 respectively.

“Some traders and industrialists recently met me and asked that their profits will decrease once the government increases minimum wages. I want to assure that more money to poor will also boost the economy. Policies that only take care of super rich won’t work,” he said.

He said that with time poor are getting poorer, rich getting richer, adding that government will have to take responsibility of the aam aadmi (common man) working in Delhi and those who have less in life, should have more in law.

Watch Video: What’s making news

“Prices of pulses and other items are increasing. The price of pulses has reached up to Rs 200 per kg. I appeal to Prime Minister and all Chief Ministers to do the same so that poor will be benefitted…,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.

The move comes after a 13-member committee, formed by government to finalise the minimum wages for all classes – unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled – submitted its report to the Labour Minister last week.

However, FICCI, an industry body, had last week requested Labour Minister Gopal Rai not to increase minimum wages, saying that this may lead to shifting out of several industries from the national capital to neighbouring states.

The industry body had also indicated that the proposed hike in minimum wages will severely “hurt” the growth of micro and small enterprises in the national capital and hence the AAP government should reconsider this proposal.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now

  1. S
    Sunil
    Mar 7, 2017 at 3:07 am
    Dear Sir, lt;br/gt; Please update this proposal as soon you are already late for your commitment..
    Reply
    1. S
      Savita
      Aug 20, 2016 at 2:30 pm
      Thanks sir Jo aapne revise wages ka announced kiya but ye kab SE lagu hoga kya isko manjoori milegi
      Reply
      1. A
        arvind kumar
        Aug 19, 2016 at 9:24 am
        Thanks for our young chief minister.Mr Arvind kejriwal for increased basic ry of the delhi middle cl peoples i will glad for this improvement.,....(arvind kumar)
        Reply
        1. A
          Arpit Jain
          Aug 31, 2016 at 4:10 am
          This is a gr8 proposal to increase flow of money in market, but how will it effect on the works which are calculated on the basisi of old rates and what will be its effect on EPF?
          Reply
          1. D
            DEEPAK GAUTAM
            Aug 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm
            good decision by government............
            Reply
            1. D
              Deepshikha
              Aug 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm
              Very good decision for mid level workers, who always compromises their needs. Hope it will be implemented soon
              Reply
              1. D
                DINESH SHARMA
                Aug 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm
                RIGHT REKHA JI AK IS VERY NICE CM
                Reply
                1. S
                  Shivaanchal
                  Aug 17, 2016 at 9:00 am
                  Thi will only lead to moving of industry out from delhi when there will be no factories left all labour need to move out from delhi to get work as delhi is paying very high ry compare to Noida or Gurgoan further increase will lead to moving out of delhi and Govt will loose not only revenue but also people as they need to go out of delhi to work and eventuly getting less than what they are getting right now .
                  Reply
                  1. K
                    kay zenn
                    Aug 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm
                    DELHITES REALLY DESERVED mR kEJRIWAL...MR . PRASHANT BHUSHAN AND MR. YADAV MUST BE FEELING LUCKY TO GET RID OF HIS DICTATORSHIP...RESPECTED ANNAJI, TODAY I FEEL TO SALUTE YOU THAT YOU CUD EVALUATE A MAVERICK PERSON IN TIME.
                    Reply
                    1. K
                      kay zenn
                      Aug 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm
                      I AM FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO AFFORD MONTHLY MAINTENANCE CHARGES OF SOCIETY...NOW WITH THE INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGES, COST OF SERVICES OF ELECTRICIAN, PLUMBER, GARDENER, SECURITY STAFF, OFFICE PEON..EVERYONE WILL GO UP...IS IT ONLY LOWER CL WHOSE INTERESTS MUST BE LOOKED AFTER BY THE GOVT.?
                      Reply
                      1. K
                        kay zenn
                        Aug 15, 2016 at 4:18 pm
                        THIS IS ANOTHER ACT OF MISCHIEVOUS GOVERNANCE BY MR. KEJRIWAL...A SHAMELESS ATTEMPT TO BUY VOTES....THERE ARE MANY UNEMPLO ENGINEERS WHO ARE READY TO TAKE UP JOBS FOR ONLY RS.15,000 PER MONTH...WITH THE INCREASE OF MINIMUM WAGES AS RECOMMENDED BY mR kEJRIWAL, THERE WILL BE SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR SMALL SHOPKEEPERS TO FIND STAFF FOR THEIR SHOPS...IT WILL CREATE SERIOUS PROBLEMS FOR DELHI AS PEOPLE WILL FLOCK FROM EVERY WHERE TO DELHI TO AVAIL SUCH LUCRATIVE WAGES...DEFINITELY, MFG COST WILL GO UP AND MANY MANUFACTURING UNITS WILL PREFER TO MIGRATE TO OTHER STATES...A HIGHLY NONSENSE MOVE
                        Reply
                        1. D
                          DoomsdayAAP
                          Aug 16, 2016 at 11:18 pm
                          Yeah Ryt minimum wages....it doesn't cost anything to Kejriwal for making statements....lets see what action you take against those who do not comply....lt;br/gt;eventually who will be burdened the state government or the common man ???lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I'm not against the minimum wages here, totally support the cause.....but this is a spontaneously stupid move by AAP, as you will have people flooding into already overpoted Delhi from all over. lt;br/gt;Somebody please admit this guy to a (newly constructed)government school in delhi and make him study Economics.....
                          Reply
                          1. M
                            manish
                            Oct 1, 2016 at 10:15 am
                            Kejriwal also one of the Jhumle baaz minimum wages is still, Current Minimum Wage Rate lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Current Minimum Wagelt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;The following rates of minimum wages shall be applicable in respect of unskilled, semiskilled and skilled categories in all schedules employments except employment in the establishments where the workers are given facilities of meals or lodging or both by the employerlt;br/gt;Category lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Rates as on 01.04.2016lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;(Rupees)lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Dearness Allowances (pm) w.e.f 01.10.2016 (Rupees)lt;br/gt; Rates from (Rupees) 01.10.2016lt;br/gt;Per-Month Per-Daylt;br/gt;Un-skilled lt;br/gt;9568.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;156.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;9724.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;374.00lt;br/gt;Semi skilled lt;br/gt;10582.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;182.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;10764.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;414.00lt;br/gt;Skilled lt;br/gt;11622.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;208.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;11830.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;455.00lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The following rates of minimum wages shall be applicable in employment in establishments where the workers are given facilities of meals of lodging or both by by the employerlt;br/gt;Category lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Rates as on 01.04.2016lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;(Rupees) lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Dearness Allowances (pm) w.e.flt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;01.10.2016 (Rupees)lt;br/gt; Rates from (Rupees) 01.10.2016lt;br/gt;Per-Month Per-Daylt;br/gt;Un-skilled lt;br/gt;(i)9412.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;156.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(i)9568.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(i)368.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(ii)8710.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(ii)8866.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(ii)341.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(iii)8606.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(iii)8762.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(iii)337.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;Semi skilled lt;br/gt;(i)10426.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;182.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(i)10608.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(i)408.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(ii)9620.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(ii)9802.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(ii)377.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(iii)9516.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(iii)9698.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(iii)373.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;Skilled lt;br/gt;(i)11440.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;208.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(i)11648.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(i)448.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(ii)10582.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(ii)10790.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(ii)415.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(iii)10452.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(iii)10660.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;(iii)410.00lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;(i)Where only lodging is provided (ii) where only meals twice a day is provided lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;(iii) Where both meals and lodging are provided.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; The following rates of minimum wages shall be applicable in respect of Clerical and Supervisory Staffs in all Scheduled Employmentslt;br/gt;Category lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Rates as on 01.04.2016lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;(Rupees) lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Dearness Allowances w.e.f .01.10.2016lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;(Rupees) lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Rates from (Rupees) 01.10.2016 Per Monthlt;br/gt;Non Matriculates 10582.00 182.00 10764.00 414.00lt;br/gt;Matriculates but not graduates 11622.00 208.00 11830.00 414.00lt;br/gt;Graduate and above 12662.00 208.00 12870.00 495.00lt;br/gt;*( All Rates are in rupees)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Other information about minimum wages please see left panel .
                            Reply
                            1. M
                              Manoj singh
                              Sep 12, 2016 at 1:33 am
                              great decision by sh. Arvind kejriwal. Thanx
                              Reply
                              1. M
                                Monu Maurya
                                Sep 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm
                                Incredible Decision the favor of middle cl family but sir yeh laagu kab se hoga.....
                                Reply
                                1. N
                                  Naveen
                                  Aug 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm
                                  AAP doing Excellent Job which was never seen before since Independence. BJP and Congress cheated the w Nation since 1947 but making false promises which have not been fulfilled in 60 or 70 years.
                                  Reply
                                  1. P
                                    PIYUSH SHARMA
                                    Oct 19, 2016 at 4:51 am
                                    badne chaiye minimum wages
                                    Reply
                                    1. R
                                      rekha
                                      Aug 20, 2016 at 4:49 am
                                      Thanks you sir for increased basic ry of the delhi middle cl peoples.
                                      Reply
                                      1. R
                                        rajesh
                                        Sep 26, 2016 at 8:52 am
                                        sir kab tak hoga ye
                                        Reply
                                        1. R
                                          Ruchi
                                          Oct 14, 2016 at 8:23 am
                                          sir but ye abhi tak applicable kyu nahi hua..aapko nahi lagta ye isi i.e. 1st oct 2016 se hi start hona chaiye tha....You all are thinking about ur government not for lower level employee...if u comment so plz do this... some family hav very big prob...i hope u read this msg and do needful action. Thank u so much..we belive in u so please dnt disappoint us. ur humble aam Janta.
                                          Reply
                                          1. S
                                            Sheik Mohamed
                                            Aug 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm
                                            CM Sir, what about the promise you had made about Free WIFI, establishing of more and more colleges/schools in Delhi, appointing of marshals in DTC buses and many more, but you hired 50 Marshals that too through outsourcing. No regularization of contract employees and Guest teachers in Delhi govt. run schools. Why ???????
                                            Reply
                                            1. Load More Comments