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Punjab Minimum Wages Revised with effect from 01.09.2017

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Punjab Minimum Wages Revised  with effect from 01.09.2017for various categories of workers

Punjab Minimum Wages Revised with effect from 01.09.2017

The Punjab government Labour Commissioner revised the Minimum Wages of Punjab with effect from 01st September 2018 for various categories of workers vide Press Release No.ST/28009 dated 23.10.2018.

Punjab Minimum Wages with effect from 01.09.2018
Category Of Employees Per Hour(Rs) Daily(Rs) Monthly(Rs)
Unskilled 38.89 311.12 8077.71
Semi Skilled 42.69 341.52 8857.71
Skilled 46.99 375.62 9754.71
Highly Skilled 51.99 415.32 10786.71
Staff Category – A 63.79 510.02 13247.71
Staff Category – B 55.79 445.82 11577.71
Staff Category – C 48.59 388.72 10077.71
Staff Category – D 42.79 341.92 8877.71

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 authorised.

FIXING HOURS FOR NORMAL WORKING DAY

In regard to any scheduled employment, minimum rates of wages in respect of which have been fixed under this Act, the appropriate Government may

(a)  fix the number of hours of work which shall constitute a normal working day, inclusive of one or more specified intervals;

(b)  provide for a day of rest in every period of seven days which shall be allowed to all employees or to any specified class of employees and  for the payment of remuneration  in respect of such days of rest;

(c) provide for payment for work on a day of rest at a rate not less than the overtime rate.

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Source: Govt of Punjab

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