Supreme Court allows Delhi govt to notify higher minimum wages for workers

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The Supreme Court has approved the Delhi government’s plan for revised minimum wages and paved way for it to issue a fresh notification for the same.

Once the Arvind Kejriwal-led government completes procedural requirements and issues a relevant notification, the newly approved minimum wage will be applicable in the national capital.

The development comes as the top court upheld Delhi government’s March 2017 notification that announced a 37 per cent hike in minimum wages for workers.

The case had been pending for almost two years in court before the judgement was finally given in favour of Delhi’s government proposal on minimum wage.

The Delhi High Court had earlier stayed a government notification after several employers in the state argued that the burden of minimum wages and its upward revision would badly affect them.

However, the SC bench comprising Justices UU Lalit and Aniruddha Bose approved the Delhi government’s petition based on average prices of food items and clothing component and other prescribed percentage of other components.

Once the notification is issued, the appropriate legal consequence and sequitur shall follow. The Delhi government has proposed Rs 14,842 per month for unskilled workers and Rs 16,341 per month for clerical and supervisory staff (non matriculates who fall under the semi-skilled category.

Meanwhile, skilled workers but not graduates will get a minimum wage of Rs 17,991 and skilled workers who are graduates and above will get Rs 19,572.

After receiving nomination/names from these organisations, the Minimum Wages Advisory Board was constituted in January 2019 with the approval of the Lt. Governor, NCT of Delhi.

The Board then held four meetings to deliberate on the subject of wage revision taking into account all the suggestions received from all the parties/stakeholders.

Source By Indiatoday

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