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Meghalaya Minimum Wages with effect from 01.04.2017

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The Minimum Wages of Meghalaya with effect from April 1 2017 for various categories of workers

The Meghalaya government Labour department principal secretary revised the Minimum Wages of Meghalaya with effect from April 1 2017 for various categories of workers vide Press Release No.677/17 dated May 29, 2017.

Megalaya Minimum Wages with effect from 01.04.2017
Category Of Employees Basic Wages(Rs) VDA(Rs) Total Wages( Rs)
Unskilled 160 29 189 Per Day
Semi Skilled 170 31 201 Per Day
Skilled 180 32 212 Per Day
Highly Skilled 200 35 235 Per Day

According to the notification, the variable Dearness Allowance has been rounded off to the next higher rupee.

The last time the wages of these category of workers was revised in October 2015.

Objective of Minimum Wages Act

To provide for fixing the minimum rates of wages in certain employments.

The Act extends to the whole of India, requires the Central and State Govt. to fix minimum rates of wages in certain scheduled employment and minimum wages fixed REVISED from time to time

It provides for fixing minimum wages in certain employments where labour is ignorant or less organised and is vulnerable to exploitation.  Minimum wages are not to be fixed in respect of any industry in which there are less than 1,000 employees in the whole State.  (Under the 1957 amendment to the Act of 1948, this limiting condition has been substantially relaxed.)

The Act provides for the fixation of a minimum time rate, a minimum piece rate,a guaranteed time rate ,an overtime rate appropriate to different occupations and different classes of workers.

The minimum wage fixed or revised by the appropriate Government will include the following

(a)      A basic rate of wages and a special allowance at a rate to be adjusted, at such intervals and in such manner as the appropriate government may direct, to accord as nearly as practicable with the variation in the cost of living index number applicable to such workers.

(b)     A basic rate of wages with or without the cost of living allowance , and the cash value of the concessions in respect of suppliers of essential commodities at concession rates, where so authorised: or

(c)      An all inclusive rate allowing for the basic rate, the cost of living allowance and the cash value of the concessions, if any.

(d)     The cost of living allowance and the cash value of the concessions in respect of supplies of essential commodities at concession rate shall be computed by the competent authority  at such intervals and in accordance with such directions as may be specified or given by the appropriate government.  The Act lays down that wages should be paid in cash, although it empowers the appropriate Governments for the payment of minimum wages wholly or partly in kind.

PAYMENT OF MINIMUM RATE OF WAGES

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.

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