Big Labour Reforms: Minimum Wage Will Soon Increase to Rs 10,000 p.m



Indian unskilled and skilled workers will soon experience one of the biggest labour reforms ever finalized. In a big relief to all contractual employees, minimum wage has been increased by more than 50% to Rs 10,000 per month or Rs 333 per day.

Right now, minimum wage rule in India varies as per various states, and as per Payscale, Rs 211 per day or Rs 6330 per month is the minimum wage in India (as per Central Govt.’s notifications).

Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya said, “It is the endeavour of the Central government to make reforms in labour laws and to proceed from minimum wage to universal wage.”, adding, “In view of the apex court order, we are enhancing it first to Rs 10,000 and then we want to go for universal minimum wage,”

However, as per the Minister, opposition parties are not allowing normal functioning of Parliament, due to which this major reform is not being passed. Hence, Govt. will issue an executive order regarding this increase of minimum wage very soon.

Minister said, “Because the Parliament is not functioning properly, we don’t want to wait and we want to go ahead with some executive orders for the welfare of the workers,”

As per available reports, Govt. will induce a change in the Rule 25 of the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Central Rules; thereby enabling the Centre to impose the minimum wage of Rs 10,000 for all contractual employees.

It is not yet clear regarding the proportion of increase, as unskilled laborers have different minimum wage, compared to skilled and semi-skilled laborers. Once the amendments are complete in the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Central Rules, we will have a clear picture.

The proposal to increase minimum wage has been sent to the Law Ministry for approval, and the official notification would be announced based on that.

The decision to increase minimum wage was taken after observing the current Consumer Price Index and various variations pertaining to dearness allowance.

Rs 10,000 Is Enough to Survive?

Last year, 10 central trade unions had striked for a day, to let the Govt. know about the need to change minimum wage.These trade unions, representing 15 crore employees, had demanded a minimum wage of Rs 15,000 per month, and asked the Govt. to make it uniform across the country. During that time, Govt. had proposed a minimum wage of Rs 7098 per month, which was not implemented.

Different states have different minimum wages, which increases the gap and creates more inequality. For example, minimum wage in Maharashtra (for unskilled workers) is Rs 5988; whereas its Rs 5683 in Bihar and Rs 9178 in Delhi.

Here is a list of minimum wages for every country.

We will keep you updated as more details come in.

  1. kailash rawat says

    Govt must be careful of black contractors in India. They deprives the laborer.


    I think , in my independent opinion same minimum wages will be implemented for Contract labour as decided by central govt. because Central govt is all of the above to all state. it will be universal wages just like GST , minimum wages for both Contract Labour State & Central Govt should be same , if not then Contract Labour will go out side and go where he can get the maximum and it will occure problem in the state where rate is minimum because o one can work on minimum rate so please make it universal.


    This will never happens in jharkhand state, i.e. minimum wages for Contract Labour in jharkhand . due to lot of political drama and businessman donot want to increase in minimum wages for contract labour as per rule of govt of india ,

  4. Sunil says

    No one is they for poor people in India for salary or any other purpose or in bank for his money withdraw cash

  5. ARD says

    The said increase in the wages of contract workers is essentially needed however the recently increased weg. is still less as it must be at least rs.15000/-pm. Any way what the authority/ministry thinks to raise shall be beneficiary for the contract labour. So…………. very very thanks to honorable minister for thinking about the people to whom others thinks they are worthless.
    Good Decision……… and waiting for implementation as early as possible.
    all contractual workers, IVRI, Izatnagar-243122

  6. sachin says

    very good decision but it should be done at the earliest on priority basis as it has the essential needs of the contractual worker 2nd things the minimum wages should be at least rs15000/- pm as rs.10000/- is still less to survive and educate the children of the contractual workers. any way what has been decided to be done is really helpful needs priority.

    with regards
    >550nos. contractual workers

  7. cham says

    Please apply as soon as possible.

  8. Tanmoy says

    It is good initiative taken by govt. Govt must be careful of black contractors in India. They deprives the laborer.

  9. MS Rawat says

    it will be a great initiative if this minimum wage applied all over the country. Not only in some states.
    Thanks for getting informed.

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