The Punjab government has linked minimum wages to the consumer price index.
The minimum wages with effect from May 1, 2015, for an unskilled worker are Rs 6,935.62 per month and Rs 267.13 per day, said a government spokesperson here on Sunday.
The minimum wages for an agricultural worker have ben fixed at Rs 277.13 per day without meals and Rs 251.93 per day with meals.
The government has rescued 4,696 children working as child labourers. To rehabilitate such kids, 101 schools with 5,338 children are functioning under the National Child Labour Project at Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.
The state government has formulated a policy for inspection of factories regarding safety and welfare of workers in which inspections of highly hazardous, moderately hazardous and major accident hazard (MAH) factories shall be done once in six months. The inspections conducted by the department are advisory in nature and prosecution is only done in case discrepancies noted during the inspection and are not rectified by the employer.
The labour department under the Punjab State Skill Development Mission’ has decided to impart training to 14,790 construction workers engaged at 182 construction sites.