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Minimum wage hike: Traders' body opposes Delhi govt move, demands rollback

Around 55 lakh workers in the city will benefit from the increased minimum wages that have been notified by the Delhi government following the Supreme Court's recent order

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses during the launch of a campaign 'Farishte Dilli Ke' at Maulana Azad Medical College,  in New Delhi, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary) (

Traders' body on Tuesday opposed the Delhi government's move to increase minimum wages and demanded a roll back of the decision, saying it will prove to be a major financial burden on and employers in the city.

The Confederation of All India (CAIT) has sent a communication to Delhi Chief Minister on this issue and said that the has taken such an important decision without taking the and employers of Delhi into confidence. It said such a "unilateral decision" will put much higher financial pressure on traders and employers in Delhi.

said on behalf on Delhi traders, it has lodged a "strong protest against such unjustified, arbitrary, unilateral and uncalled for increase in minimum wages".

Around 55 lakh workers in the city will benefit from the increased minimum wages that have been notified by the following the Supreme Court's recent order, Kejriwal said on Monday.

Addressing a press conference here, Kejriwal said employees will also get dearness allowance for the months of April to September, besides a Diwali bonus of one month's salary.

He said 44 employers' associations had filed a petition against the Delhi government's previous notification to increase minimum wages.

Later, the high court struck down the notification and the government challenged it in the Supreme Court, the chief minister added.

He said Delhi has the highest minimum wages in the country.

The enhanced minimum wages for unskilled workers have been fixed at Rs 14,842 per month, for semi-skilled workers at Rs 16,341 per month and for skilled workers at Rs 17,991 per month.

The government has removed 1,373 contractors so far for not paying minimum wages to their workers.

Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said that while fixing the said minimum wages, the did not held any consultation with traders and it appears that neither the impact of such increase on trade of Delhi has been assessed.

"The Delhi trade which has been acknowledged as the largest distribution centre of goods in the country is already reeling under an unprecedented slowdown and the traders are finding it difficult to survive in the business and the steep hike in minimum wages will result into unnecessary huge financial load on the traders," Khandelwal said.

First Published: Tue, October 29 2019. 19:30 IST