GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 201
TO BE ANSWERED ON 25.04.2016
DISPARITY IN WAGES

  1. SHRI C. MAHENDRAN:

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:

(a) the details of minimum wages fixed for the agriculture and non­agricultural workers in the country, State/UT-wise;

(b) whether the gap between per-worker earning in agriculture and non­agricultural sector has considerably widened recently and if so, the details thereof along with the corrective action taken by the Government in this regard;

(c) whether the Government proposes to introduce a uniform system for fixing wage rates for the workers engaged in agriculture and non-agricultural sector throughout the country to remove the said disparity and if so, the details thereof; and

(d) whether a large number of workers engaged in low productivity activities in the unorganised sectors are facing severe challenges and if so, the details thereof and the remedial steps taken/being taken by the Government in this regard?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

(SHRI BANDARU DATTATREYA)

(a): The rates of minimum wages fixed for agriculture and non­agricultural workers in the Central Sphere is at Annexure I. The range of minimum wages in the State Sphere is at Annexure II.

(b) to (d): There is a wide regional disparity in minimum wages due to variations in socio-economic and agro-climatic conditions, income, prices of essential commodities, paying capacity, productivity and local conditions. However, as a step towards moving for a uniform wage structure, as recommended by the National Commission on Rural Labour and to reduce the disparity in minimum wages across the country, the concept of National Floor Level Minimum Wage (NFLMW) has already been mooted by the Government in 1996 on a voluntary basis. It is revised from time to time taking into account the increase in the Consumer Price Index Number. NFLMW has been revised recently to Rs.160/- per day w. e. f 01 .07.2015.

The State Governments are regularly advised to fix and revise minimum wages in scheduled employments not below National Floor Level Minimum Wage.

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Annexure I

Annexure in reply to part (a) of Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 201 for 25.04.2016

Area wise Rates of Minimum Wages for Scheduled Employments in the Central Sphere As on 01.04.2016

Name of Schedulded
Employment
Category of WorkerRates of wages including V.D.A per day (in Rs.)
Area AArea BArea C
1.  AgricultureUnskilled234.00213.00211.00
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisory256.00236.00216.00
Skilled/Clerical278.00256.00235.00
Highly Skilled308.00286.00256.00
2.  Workers engaged in Stone Mines for Stone Breaking and Stone Crushing1. Excavation & removal of over burden with 50 meters lead/1.5 meters lift:
(a)  Soft Soil247.00
(b)  Soft Soil with Rock373.00
(c) Rock494.00
2. Removal and Staking of rejected stones with 50 metres lead 1.5 metres lift199.00
Stone breaking or Stone Crushing for the stone size
(a)  1.0 inch to 1.5 inches1528.00
(b)  Above 1.5 Inches to 3.0 Inches1307.00
(c)   Above 3.0 Inches to 5 Inches765.00
(d)  Above 5.0 Inches628.00
3.  Sweeping and CleaningUnskilled368.00307.00246.00
4.  Watch and WardWithout Arms407.00347.00288.00
With Arms448.00407.00347.00
5.  Loading and UnloadingUnskilled368.00307.00246.00
6.  ConstructionUnskilled368.00307.00246.00
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisory407.00347.00288.00
Skilled/Clerical448.00407.00347.00
Highly Skilled487.00448.00407.00
7. Non-Coal Mines Above GroundBelow Ground
Unskilled246.00307.00
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisory307.00368.00
Skilled/Clerical368.00429.00
Highly Skilled429.00487.00
Name of Schedulded
Employment
Nomenclature
1.  AgricultureAgriculture
2.  Workers engaged in Stone Mines for Stone Breaking and Stone

Crushing

Workers engaged in Stone Mines for Stone Breaking and Stone Crushing
3.  Sweeping and CleaningEmployment of Sweeping and Cleaning excluding Activities prohibited under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993
4.  Watch and WardEmployment of Watch and Ward
5. Loading and UnloadingEmployment in Loading and Unloading in (i) Goods Sheds, Parcel Offices of Railways; (ii) Other Goods sheds, Godowns, Warehouses etc. and; (iii) Docks and Ports
6.  Construction

Construction or maintenance of Roads or Runways or in Building Operations including laying down Underground Electric, Wireless, Radio, Television, Telephone, Telegraph and Overseas

Communication Cables and similar other Underground Cabling Work, Electric Lines, Water

Supply Lines and Sewerage Pipe Lines

7.  Non-Coal Mines

Employees engaged in the employment of Gypsum, Barytes, Bauxite, Manganese, China Clay, Kyanite, Copper,Clay, Magnesite, White Clay, Stone, Steatite (including the mines producing Soap Stones and

Talc), Orchre, Asbestos, Fire Clay, Chromite, Quartzite, Quartz, Silica, Graphite, Felspar, Laterite, Dolomite, Red Oxide, Wolfram, Iron Ore, Granite, Rock Phosphate, Hematite, Marble and Calcite, Uranium, Mica, Lignite, Grave, Slate and Magnetite Mines

CLASSIFICATION OF AREA

Ahmedabad(UA)Hyderabad(UA)Faridabad complex
Bangaluru(UA)Kanpur(UA)Ghaziabad
Kolkata(UA)Lucknow(UA)Gurgaon
Delhi(UA)Chennai(UA)Noida
Greater Mumbai(UA)Nagpur(UA)Secunderabad
Navi Mumbai
AREA – “B”
Agra(UA)JodhpurJabalpur(UA)
AjmerKochi(UA)Jaipur(UA)
AligarhKolhapur(UA)Jalandhar(UA)
Allahabad(UA)Kozhikode(UA)Jamshedpur(UA)
AmravatiKotaPuducherry(UA)
Aurangabad(UA)LudhianaJalandhar-cantt.
Bareilly(UA)Madurai(UA)Dhanbad(UA)
BhavnagarMeerut(UA)Dehradun(UA)
BikanerMoradabad(UA)Durg-Bhilai Nagar(UA)
BhopalMysore(UA)Jammu(UA)
BhubaneshwarNasik(UA)Jamnagar(UA)
Amritsar(UA)Pune(UA)Vijayawada(UA)
Chandigarh(UA)Patna(UA)Vishakhapatnam(UA)
Coimbatore(UA)Raipur(UA)Warangal
Cuttack(UA)RajkotMangalore(UA)
DurgapurRanchi(UA)Salem(UA)
GorakhpurSholapurTiruppur(UA)
Guwahati CitySrinagar(UA)Tiruchirappalli(UA)
GunturSurat(UA)Asansol(UA)
Gwalior(UA)Thiruvanantapuram(UA)Belgaum(UA)
Indore(UA)Vadodara(UA)Bhiwandi(UA)
Hubli-DharwadVaranasi(UA)
Area Cwill comprise all areas not mentioned in this list. NB: U.A. stands for Urban Agglomeration.

Annexure II

Annexure in reply to part (a) of Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 201 for 25.04.2016

Category wise Range of Minimum Rates of Wages in All States as on 01.04.2016

Sl. No.
State/UT
Categories
Unskilled
Semi Skilled
Skilled
Highly Skilled
Minimum
Maximum
Minimum
Maximum
Minimum
Maximum
Minimum
Maximum
Central Sphere
204.00
294.00
209.00
353.00
227.00
411.00
247.00
467.00
1
Andhra Pradesh
69.27
858.83
2
Arunachal Pradesh
150.00
170.00
160.00
180.00
170.00
190.00
3
Assam
240.00
280.00
350.00
450.00
4
Bihar
181.00
197.00
188.00
206.00
232.00
251.00
282.00
308.00
5
Chhattisgarh
157.00
242.00
201.00
247.00
210.00
256.00
236.00
266.00
6
Goa
215.00
216.00
223.00
229.00
227.00
232.00
235.00
292.00
7
Gujarat
150.00
276.00
276.00
284.00
284.00
293.00
8
Haryana
226.40
226.40
231.40
236.40
241.40
246.40
251.40
251.40
9
Himachal Pradesh
170.00
185.55
180.17
187.00
206.52
214.00
227.12
274.50
10
Jammu & Kashmir*
150.00
150.00
175.00
175.00
225.00
225.00
11
Jharkhand
210.00
225.00
220.00
240.00
290.00
335.00
259.31
360.00
12
Karnataka
198.23
343.58
13
Kerala
275.46
548.70
14
Madhya Pradesh
187.00
253.00
248.00
339.00
294.00
387.00
337.00
389.00
15
Maharashtra
180.00
315.49
16
Meghalaya
170.00
170.00
181.00
181.00
191.00
191.00
212.00
212.00
17
Manipur
122.10
122.10
129.97
129.97
132.60
132.60
18
Mizoram
220.00
220.00
250.00
250.00
310.00
380.00
19
Nagaland
115.00
115.00
125.00
125.00
135.00
135.00
145.00
145.00
20
Odisha
200.00
200.00
220.00
220.00
240.00
240.00
260.00
260.00
21
Punjab
267.13
277.13
297.13
297.13
331.63
331.63
371.33
371.33
22
Rajasthan
166.00
166.00
176.00
176.00
186.00
186.00
236.00
236.00
23
Sikkim
220.00
220.00
242.00
242.00
275.00
275.00
319.00
319.00
24
Tamil Nadu
146.00
431.86
25
Tripura
142.46
346.15
162.81
375.00
184.96
403.85
280.00
405.42
26
Uttarakhand
200.00
272.12
231.54
291.54
235.31
310.96
249.23
356.35
27
Uttar Pradesh
161.00
262.11
240.24
288.32
282.07
322.96
299.19
299.19
28
West Bengal
211.00
278.00
232.00
306.00
255.00
337.00
370.00
29
A.& N. Islands
274.00
285.00
286.00
294.00
338.00
363.00
363.00
384.00
30
Chandigarh
306.19
306.19
311.96
316.00
323.15
332.15
348.00
348.00
31
D & N Haveli
220.80
220.80
227.30
227.30
233.80
233.80
32
Daman & Diu
268.20
268.20
276.20
276.20
284.20
284.20
33
Delhi
316.00
353.00
349.00
390.00
384.00
429.00
34
Lakshadweep
255.20
255.20
280.50
280.20
305.20
305.20
335.20
335.20
35
Puducherry
55.00
255.00
36
Telangana
69.27
363.26

* Data is yet to be received. Figures indicate rates of wages as on 31.12.2013 in respect of Jammu & Kashmir. Rates for unskilled workers for Assam and West Bengal exclude Tea garden workers.

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