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
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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.

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“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.

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    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..
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      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
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        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)
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          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?
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            DEEPAK GAUTAM
            Aug 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm
            good decision by government............
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              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
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                DINESH SHARMA
                Aug 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm
                RIGHT REKHA JI AK IS VERY NICE CM
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                  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 .
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