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Will adopt Centre’s wage slabs in Delhi, says AAP govt

Under the Centre’s slab, skilled workers will get Rs 17,498 per month as against Rs 16,858 under the Delhi government’s March 2017 notification. Unskilled workers will get Rs 14,378 per month, compared to Delhi government’s Rs 13,896. For semi-skilled workers, it is Rs 15,912 against Delhi’s Rs 15,296.

delhi Updated: Aug 10, 2018 04:04 IST
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Labour minister Gopal Rai (pictured) told reporters on Thursday the minimum wages offered by the central government are even higher than the 37% hike that was notified by the Delhi government in March last year.(HT File photo)

The Aam Aadmi Party government on Thursday said it will adopt the central government’s minimum wage slabs so that scheduled employees in the national capital are not impacted by the recent high court order quashing the Delhi government’s proposal for revised minimum wages.

Labour minister Gopal Rai told reporters on Thursday the minimum wages offered by the central government are even higher than the 37% hike that was notified by the Delhi government in March last year. “Since our March 2017 notification has been set aside by the HC on technical points, we have decided to adopt the minimum wage slabs given by the Government of India (GOI),” he said.

Under the GOI slab, currently being offered to scheduled employees of central government departments, skilled workers will get Rs 17,498 per month as against Rs 16,858 under the Delhi government’s March 2017 notification. Unskilled workers will get Rs 14,378 per month, compared to Delhi government’s Rs 13,896. For semi-skilled workers, it is Rs 15,912 against Delhi’s Rs 15,296.

The minister, however, said implementing the central government’s wage slabs will take about six months and that until then, the existing wages ranging from Rs 9,724 to Rs 11,830 would continue.

“The Delhi government will form a tripartite committee with twice the number of representatives. The committee will have representatives of labour unions, employers and the government. After the committee is formed, we will issue a notice seeking public feedback for two months. After analysing all views, a notification will be issued and the new wages will be implemented,” Rai said.

Despite the new plan, the AAP government said it would go ahead with its decision of filing an appeal in the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court order which quashed its notification saying the “hurried” decision was taken without hearing employers or employees who would be affected and that it violated the Constitution.

“We will still file an appeal in the apex court because all process has been cleared towards implementing the Delhi government minimum wages scheme. If the SC case is cleared before six months, then there will be no need to implement the GOI slabs as the Delhi government scheme was already being implemented. The Delhi government will file an appeal in the SC next week,” the minister said.

The HC had said the constitution of the committee (on the matter) was “completely flawed, and its advice was not based on relevant material and suffers from non-application of mind”.

Rai said the decision was taken after he held a meeting with various labour unions on Thursday. Government officials said the meeting was attended by several national unions apart from regional ones including the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Indian National Trade Union Congress and Centre of Indian Trade Unions.

“The reason why it was decided to adopt the Central wages is not only because they are higher, but also because there is no court case against the GOI’s notification,” the minister said.

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 04:04 IST