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Rs 177 proposed as daily minimum wage for plantation workers

Aug 03, 2015 12:51

The Assam Government has notified {(No GLR (RC) 178/2014/179} the draft proposal for revising the minimum rates of wages for the ordinary daily rated plantation workers engaged in the tea gardens of the State.

The draft has proposed Rs 177.19 as the minimum wages to each of the ordinary daily rated plantation workers engaged in the State’s tea gardens.

It said that together with the minimum cash wages of Rs 143.50 per head per day, the ordinary daily rated workers employed in the State’s tea plantations will also get the non-statutory benefits of supply of foodstuff at concessional rate at the rate of Rs 14.20 per day (minimum three consumption units), dry tea supplied to workers (at cost price) at the rate of Rs 2.16 per day and firewood compensation of Rs 5.74 with statutory benefits like earned leave – Rs 7.73 and festival holidays – Rs 3.86.

All the plantation workers (permanent and temporary) shall be entitled to the benefits given in kind, including foodstuff at concessional rate irrespective of the number of family members.

Moreover, it said that the rates notified are exclusive of other fringe benefits being enjoyed by the workers and their dependents under the provisions of different laws, agreements, settlements or award of any court.

Notifying the draft proposal, prepared in consultation with the State Minimum Wages Advisory Board for the Plantation Workers, as per the proviso of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Government has invited objections/suggestions from the stakeholders to the draft proposal within 60 days from the publication of the above notification, that is – from July 29, 2015.

The objections, or, suggestions filed in this regard would be placed before the State Minimum Wages Advisory Board on expiry of the two months’ period mentioned above, said the notification.

The rates will be fixed after consideration of the objections, or, suggestions received from the stakeholders, said the notification.

The rate of wages so fixed includes rest days wages — that is – seven days wages is included in the day’s wages as per prevailing practice.

In the event of any employer failing to provide any of the above benefits, in kind, it shall have to pay the same in cash as estimated against the item without any deduction or decrease in the amount, the notification said.

It further stated that in addition to the revised rates of minimum wages, the workers shall be entitled to variable dearness allowance (VDA) at the rate of 100 per cent over the rise and fall of index point in the All India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (base 1982=100) calculated on the total of Rs 177.19.

Aug 03, 2015 12:51

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