Pvt Companies Will Be Forced To Pay Rs 24,000/Mo To Employees; After-Work Emails Will Be Banned??
Very soon, Govt. will be forcing every private company to pay a minimum salary/wage of Rs 24,000 to every employee. Is this practical?
Meanwhile, a Member of Parliament has proposed a bill to ban all after-work emails and calls, under the ‘Digital Detox’ program.
What is happening here?
Rs 24,000 Per Month For Every Employee
While replying to a query posted in Lok Sabha, Minister of Personnel and Public Grievances Jitendra Singh has said that very soon, Govt. will make it mandatory for every private company to pay a minimum salary of Rs 24,000, per month, to every employee.
Right now, Rs 18,000 is the minimum monthly wage for employees working in organized sector in India,
He added that In case a company doesn’t follow this rule, then they will be punished.
Can This Be Implemented?
This is a debatable question, and there can be several angles to this question.
For instance, even Govt is not able to ensure Rs 24,000/month salary for their employees. Teachers across Bihar, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and other states have been demanding hike in salary, and there has been no change.
Besides, since India is a free market economy, implementation of this rule becomes tough. In case a company is able to get employees who are ready to work for lower wage, there is no law which stops the company from hiring them.
An interesting debate on this matter can be read here.
No After-Work Emails, Calls?
Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule has presented a Right to Disconnect Bill in the Parliament.
If the provisions of this bill are approved, then companies would be banned from sending any after-work emails or making calls once the working hours are over.
The bill said, “According to the report released by the World Economic Forum, the proportion of mobile workers who could work from any location is expected to rise beyond 70 per cent. While this has benefits in terms of work flexibility, it also carries significant risk of erosion of boundaries between professional and personal life,”
In fact, the bill proposes to establish Employees’ Welfare Authority, which will ensure that employees are not asked by their companies to work after hours.
The bill also asks to establish Digital Detox Centres pan-India, where employees working in the IT sector can re-link with their lives.
This bill was proposed earlier as well, but it lapsed due to delay in discussion.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.