There is good news for the unskilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers of Delhi. The State government has hiked the minimum wages of unskilled workers from Rs 15,908 to Rs 16,064. Semi-skilled workers will earn a minimum of Rs 17,693 instead of the earlier Rs 17,537.
Skilled workers, on the other hand, will earn a minimum wage of Rs 19,473 per month, up from the earlier Rs 19, 291.
These hikes will help the workers tackle the price rise amidst the pandemic.
According to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Delhi pays the highest minimum wage in the country. This recent hike will bring some relief to the workers who are reeling under the price rise.
Orders have also been issued to hike the dearness allowance of unskilled, semi-skilled and other workers in the State.
Those workers who have passed matriculation but are not graduates will earn a minimum of Rs 19,473 now instead of the earlier Rs 19,29. The monthly salary of graduate labourers or those with even higher educational qualification has been increased from Rs 20,976 to Rs 21,184.
These benefits will extend to clerical and supervisor-class staff as well.
Normally, workers in the unorganised sector receive only minimum wages, and according to Sisodia, they cannot be deprived of their dearness allowance. By revising the minimum wages, the Delhi government is ensuring that they get paid their dearness allowance too.
Meanwhile, in Punjab too the cabinet has given its approval to hiking the minimum wages with effect from March 1, 2020. It has now been hiked by Rs 415.89, from the earlier Rs 8,776.83 to Rs 9,192.72. Workers will also be entitled to receive arrears of Rs 8,251 from March 1, 2020 up to October, 2021.