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Karnataka Minimum Wages with effect from 01.04.2017 to 31.03.2018

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The Minimum Wages of Karnataka is revised with effect from 01.04.2017 to 31.03.2018

The Karnataka government Labour Department revised the Minimum Wages of Karnataka with effect from 01.04.2017 to 31.03.2018 for various categories of workers Notifications No.KAE 89 LMW.

Karnataka Minimum Wages with effect from 01.04.2017 to 31.03.2018
Sl No Class of Employment Minimum Rates of Wages Payable
Zone – I Zone – II
1 Highly Skilled Basic 4993.04 192.04 4750.20 182.70
VDA 3478.80 133.80 3478.80 133.80
Total 8471.84 325.84 8229.00 316.50
2 Skilled Basic 4709.64 181.14 4451.20 171.20
VDA 3478.80 133.80 3478.80 133.80
Total 8188.44 314.94 7930.00 305.00
3 Semi Skilled Basic 4489.68 172.68 4293.90 165.15
VDA 3478.80 133.80 3478.80 133.80
Total 7968.48 306.48 7772.70 298.95
4 Unskilled Basic 4426.50 170.25 4241.90 163.15
VDA 3478.80 133.80 3478.80 133.80
Total 7905.30 304.05 7720.70 296.95

 Basic wage is the wage rate which is WITHOUT any element of other allowances/perquisites (DA, HRA and any other allowances, etc.), while minimum wage includes all allowances also on the basic wage.

Thus for the purpose of Minimum Wages there two components 1st Basic Wages and another cost of living index(DA).

Under the Act Basic wages are fixed on the basis of cost living index treating a particular period as base year. Once basis wages are fixed then further enhancement depends on the basis of subsequent cost of the living index, which defers time to time on the basis of commodities in the open market and decided by the Government.Section 4 of the Act mentions that Minimum wages are based on basic wages and cost of living index(DA).

 The yardsticks on which minimum wage is revised are:

(a) Three consumption units per earner,

(b) Minimum food requirement of 2700 calories per average Indian adult,

(c) Cloth requirement of 72 yards per annum per family,

(d) Rent corresponding to the minimum area provided under the Government’s Industrial Housing Scheme

(e) Fuel, lighting and other miscellaneous items of expenditure to constitute 20 % of the total Minimum Wages

(f) Children education, medical requirement, minimum recreation including festivals/ceremonies and provision for old age, marriage etc. should further constitute 25% of the total Minimum Wage.

Under this act the employer is required to pay to every employee, engaged in a scheduled employment under him, wages at a rate not less than the minimum rate of wages notified for that class of employees without any deduction except as may be authorized.

Every employer is required to maintain registers and records giving particulars of employees, the work performed by them, the wages paid to them, the receipts given by them and any other required particulars.

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