Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday approved revised minimum wages for labourers in the state with effect from January 1, 2014.
The decision will benefit labourers working in 51 scheduled jobs.
As per the revised rates, an unskilled labourer will get a minimum wage of Rs. 189 instead of Rs. 166, while minimum wage for a semi-skilled labourer has been raised from Rs. 176 to Rs. 199. Similarly, the minimum wage for a skilled labourer has been raised from Rs. 186 to Rs. 209 and from Rs. 236 to Rs. 259 for a highly skilled labourer.
Raje approved the revised wages after a review on the basis of Consumer Price Index issued by the Labour Bureau in Shimla.
However, a senior official in the state labour department, who doesn’t wish to be identified, said the revised rates would not make much difference, as the market wages are already higher the revised rates.