Minimum Wages 2018 Rajasthan
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1118
ANSWERED ON: 17.12.2018
HARISHCHANDRA DEORAM CHAVAN
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a) the State-wise and area-wise details of the minimum wages being paid to the labourers in both organized and unorganized sector especially in Rajasthan;
(b) whether the Government has fixed the minimum wages for the workers working in factories and companies and as daily wagers and if so, the details thereof;
(c) the steps taken/being taken by the Government to save all the workers of different categories from exploitation;
(d) whether there is any proposal with the Government for universal minimum wages for all industries and workers, including those getting monthly pay higher than Rs. 18,000 and if so, the details thereof; and
(e) whether the Government has also notified Wage Code Bill to set a minimum wage across all sectors in the country and if so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE(IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT (SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR)
(a): A statement indicating State-wise range of minimum wages as per available information in this Ministry fixed by the various State Governments/UTs is placed at Annexure-I and minimum rates of wages area-wise as applicable in Central Sphere with effect from 01.10.2018 is placed at Annexure-II.
(b): Under the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, both Central and State Governments are appropriate Governments to fix, review and revise the minimum wages of the workers employed in the scheduled employments under their respective jurisdictions. Rates fixed in the Central sphere are applicable to establishments under the authority of Central Government, railway administration, mines, oil-fields, major port or any corporation established by a Central Government.
(c): The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 is implemented by the Centre as well as the States in respect of their respective jurisdiction. In the Central Sphere, the enforcement is secured through the Inspecting Officers of the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) commonly designated as Central Industrial Relations Machinery (CIRM), the compliance in the State sphere is ensured through the State Enforcement Machinery. They conduct regular inspections and in the event of detection of any case of non-payment or under-payment of minimum wages, they advise the employers to make payment of the shortfall of wages. In case of non-compliance, penal provisions against the defaulting employers are invoked.
(d): There is no such proposal with the Government for universal minimum wages for all industries and workers including those getting pay higher than Rs. 18,000 under the Minimum Wage Act, 1948.
(e): In this regard, the Labour Code on Wages Bill, 2017 introduced in Lok Sabha on 10.08.2017 has a provision for fixing “National Minimum Wage/Wages by notification, which may be different for different States or geographical areas. The minimum rates of wages fixed by the appropriate Government shall not be less than the ‘National Minimum Wage’. If the minimum rates of wages fixed by the appropriate Government earlier is more than the ‘national minimum wage’, then the appropriate Government shall not reduce such minimum rate of wage fixed by it earlier.
Source: LOK SABHA