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Kejriwal government approves 37% increase in minimum wages

Unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers can look forward to better pay, as the Delhi government has approved around 37% hike in their minimum wages. The hike was part of several other recommendations, as were proposed by a committee last year under the guidance of former Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. The AAP government has approved all the recommendations proposed by the committee. It may be recalled that earlier also the AAP government had tried to increase the minimum wages. However, at that time, the proposal was declared “null and void” by the Lt Governor on the basis that his approval was not taken in the matter.

Kejriwal does not want a repeat of the earlier episode, so this time he will personally meet Lt Governor Anil Baijal and request him to approve it at the earliest, so that workers can benefit from the hike in minimum wages. As per the recommendations that will be submitted to Lt Governor, minimum wages for unskilled workers will be increased from Rs 9,724 per month to Rs 13,350 per month; semi-skilled from Rs 10,764 to Rs 14,698 per month; and skilled from Rs 11,830 to Rs 16,182 per month. “This is the first time in the country that revision of the minimum wages is proposed on the basis of a scientific method. I will meet the LG next week and request him to give his approval to the recommendations.” said Kejriwal.

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