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Minimum Wages Tamilnadu And Pondicherry


Revision in Tamilnadu Minimum Basic Wages is 2012 and the current revision is DA Revision for the period April 2017 to March 2018.

 The Commissioner of Labour, Chennai released the statement of revision of Minimum Wages on 27/03/2017 based average consumer price index of chennai city for the calendar year 2016.

Tamilnadu Minimum Wages
Description Revised On Unskilled Semiskilled Skilled
Basic Wages 2012 120 125 135
Dearness Allowance(DA) 2017 208 208 208

Total Wages – per Day

328 333 343

The definition of unskilled/semiskilled/skilled will be as under:—


Skilled Persons having experience for Five years and above in a particular trade.
Semi Skilled – Grade I All trade certificate holders including ITI
Semi Skilled – Grade II Persons who worked as helper for less than two years in a particular trade
Unskilled Persons who doing work do not require any training


Zonal Classifications:


Zone A All District Head Quarters, Corportions and Municipalities
Zone B Other Places


There is a lot of difference between the BASIC wage and MINIMUM wages.

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 authorised.

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.

Minimum-Wages-DA-Revision-2017-Tamilnadu.pdf (155 downloads) Minimum-Wages-Basic-Revision-2012-Tamilnadu.pdf (134 downloads) Puducherry-Minimum-Wages-Notification-1st-Jan-2017.pdf (135 downloads)


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