Haryan State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd Estate Industries Association on Thursday strongly resented chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's unilateral announcement of hike in minimum wages of unskilled workers from Rs 5342 to Rs 8100 at Gohana rally on November 10.
Association president DC Gupta and general secretary Sudhir Puri told media persons here that this populist announcement would create regional imbalance as it will result in wages in the state become highest in the country making it difficult to be borne by an industry already plagued by recession.
They claimed that minimum wages were decided by the centre government and states all over the country have to follow them uniformly.
Circumspect that this announcement may result in escalating production costs, Gupta said the move will have a cascading effect on the industry in the state, reeling under pressure from competition with industries from neighbouring states and Chinese goods.
Industrialist NK Thapar demanded the hike to be based on the figures made available by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) and not one driven by the vote bank politics. "The atmosphere for industry was not conducive in the state where the rate of VAT is an exorbitant 13.1%." said Thapar.
Another entrepreneur Anil Jain claimed the fresh announcement would affect over 2000 small scale units.Demanding a rollback, he asked the government to first imply measures to contain the inflation.