Government today said it is in the process of amending the Minimum Wage Act to address the problems of labour and contract workers and the amended legislation will be taken up by the Union Cabinet soon.
Labour Minister Dattatreya informed Rajya Sabha during the question hour on Wednesday that an inter-Ministerial group examined the wage matter and sent to law ministry for vetting.
Dattatreya also said that labour ministry has also prescribed a minimum wage of Rs 10,000 for contract workers.
“NDA government is giving utmost priority to job security, wage security and social security. Happy to inform the house that we are in the process of amending the Minimum Wages Act,” said the Minister.
Answering to supplementary questions in the upper house, Dattatreya said that government is putting its best efforts to reduce the problems of contract workers.
“We are totally in direction with the Supreme Court. As per the consumer price index, there are some parameters. We have taken into account those parameters, “said Dattatreya.
CPI-M Member of Parliament Tapan Sen said that government is framing only rules to help ‘Ease of Doing Business’ and not taking labour problems as a priority.
“The House is being sought to be misled. Why it should not be brought in the body of the Act? Instead of giving sound bytes. You are making deceiving notes,” asked Tapan Sen.
According to the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Central Rules of 1971, wages of the contract labour are fixed according wage prescribed under Minimum Wages Act. Governments proposed minimum wages will come into effect after the existing Act is amended.