BY | November 18, 2008

Chandigarh: The Chandigarh Administration has increased the basic daily and monthly rates of minimum wages for daily and monthly rated employees as per the Consumer Price Index Number of Chandigarh Centre for the half year ending September 2008.

The monthly minimum wages for unskilled have been increased from Rs. 3546.50 to Rs. 3741.50 from October 1, 2008. For Semi-Skilled-II, it has been increased from Rs. 3696.50 to Rs. 3891.50. For Semi-Skilled-I, the minimum monthly wages have been hiked from Rs. 3796.50 to Rs. 3991.50, for Skilled-II from Rs. 3996.50 to Rs. 4191.50, for Skilled-I from Rs. 4221.50 to Rs. 4416.50 and for Highly Skilled from Rs. 4621.50 to Rs. 4816.50. Similarly, for Class III (Staff) the minimum monthly wages have been increased from Rs. 3821.50 to Rs. 4016.50, for Class-II (Staff) from Rs. 3971.50 to Rs. 4166.50 and for Class I (Staff) from Rs. 4332.50 to Rs. 4527.50. In the same way, the daily minimum wages for daily rated employees have also been revised. The daily minimum wages for unskilled have been increased from Rs. 136.40 to Rs. 143.90. For Semi- Skilled-II, it has been increased from Rs.

142.17 to Rs. 149.67 for the same period. For Semi-Skilled-I, the minimum daily wages have been hiked from Rs. 146.00 to Rs. 153.51, for Skilled-II from Rs. 153.71 to Rs. 161.21, for Skilled-I from Rs. 162.36 to Rs. 169.86 and for Highly Skilled from Rs. 177.75 to Rs. 185.25 Similarly, for Class III (Staff) the minimum daily wages have been increased from Rs. 146.98 to Rs. 154.48, for Class-II (Staff) from Rs. 152.75 to Rs. 160.25 and for Class I (Staff), it has been hiked from Rs. 166.63 to 174.13.                                                        

Besides this, rates of minimum wages have been revised for workers employed with hotels, restaurants, tea stalls and halwais. The minimum wages without food and lodging for unskilled workers have been revised from Rs. 3546.50 to Rs. 3741.50. The minimum wages without food and lodging for Semi-Skilled-II have been increased from Rs. 3696.50 to Rs. 3891.50, for Semi-Skilled-I from Rs. 3796.50 to Rs. 3991.50, for Skilled-II from Rs. 3996.50 to Rs. 4191.50, for Skilled-I from Rs. 4221.50 to Rs. 4416.50, for Highly Skilled from Rs. 4621.50 to Rs. 4816.50, for Class III (Staff) from Rs. 3821.50 to Rs. 4016.50, for Class-II (Staff) from Rs. 3971.50 to Rs. 4166.50 and for Class I (Staff) it has been raised from Rs. 4332.50 to Rs. 4527.50.

Also, the minimum wages with food and lodging for unskilled workers have been increased from Rs. 3112.38 to Rs. 3283.01. The minimum wages with food and lodging for Semi- Skilled-II have been increased from Rs. 3262.38 to Rs. 3433.01, for Semi-Skilled-I from Rs. 3362.38 to Rs. 3533.01, for Skilled-II from Rs. 3562.38 to Rs. 3733.01, for Skilled-I from Rs. 3787.38 to Rs. 3958.01, for Highly Skilled from Rs. 4187.38 to Rs. 4358.01, for Class III (Staff) from Rs. 3387.38 to Rs. 3558.01, for Class-II (Staff) from Rs. 3537.38 to Rs. 3708.01 and for Class I (Staff) it has been raised from Rs. 3898.38 to Rs. 4069.01. In the same way, the rate for food and lodging being given to all kinds of workers has been increased from Rs. 434.12 to Rs. 458.49.

The half yearly Cost of Living Index Numbers of Chandigarh Centre (Base 2001=100) for industrial workers, issued by Labour Bureau, Shimla for the months of April 2008 to September 2008 are 725.28, 725.88, 731.14, 746.92, 752.18 and 762.70 respectively. Thus, the average (calculated for six months) cost of living index numbers as on September 30, 2008 is 741. Therefore, increase in average cost of living index number is 39 points. The per point neutralization in minimum rates of wages for monthly rated employees under the Minimum Wages Act is Rs. 5 per point. Thus, minimum rates of wages for each category of employees have been increased by Rs. 195 per month on the increase of 39 points. Similarly, daily rated employees will get increase of Rs. 7.41 @ paise 0.19 per point on the increase of 39 points. The minimum rates of wages are payable for daily and monthly rated employees for the period starting from October 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009 (both days inclusive).

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