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Govt to set up advisory board to fix national minimum wages

The govt would constitute an advisory board to fix the National Minimum Wages for employees and such wages differ and vary sectorally as well as regionally across India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The will set an advisory board to fix minimum for various applicable across the country, a senior official of the labour ministry said.

"The would constitute an Advisory Board to fix the Minimum for and such differ and vary sectorally as well as regionally across the country as per requirements, skills and nature of jobs with the enforcement of proposed on Wages 2017," R K Gupta, the Joint Secretary in the labour ministry, said in a statement.

Addressing a session on on Wages-2017 at PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Wednesday, Gupta clarified that the Centre has not fixed a Minimum Wage for all as yet and reports appearing on Rs 18,000 per month minimum wage for are "incorrect".

On fixing of minimum wages, the official said the states and UTs will follow the advisory board's decision on in their respective domain for employees "which can be even above such wages but certainly not lower than the fixed limit by the Centre".

Gupta also clarified that there will be quiet a few national for different and even for different regions.

Following enactment of on Wages 2017 which is currently facing scrutiny from the Parliamentary Standing Committee, four labour laws relating to the Act, 1948; the Payment of Wages Act, 1936; the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965; and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 would be subsumed in one Labour Code on Wages 2017 and that current inspector raj would turn into a facilitator regime to help industry comply the new Code.

Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Anil Kumar Nayak said that with proposed Labour Code on Wages 2017, getting implemented, harmonisation will take place in entire labour sector which would be win-win situation for all stakeholders in this segment.

First Published: Wed, September 27 2017. 16:08 IST