1/21/2011

English |

‘Minimum Wage should be fixed’
| Live TV | Sahara Time | Roznama Sahara | Rashtriya Sahara | Aalami Sahara | Bazme Sahara

Home

Sports

Entertainment

Regional

Nation

Business

World

Technology

Lifestyle

Automobile

Blog

anda Case: Maya Story Opposition of politicizing Top accuses
18 Jan 2011 09:25:58 PM IST

| Adarsh: CBI to file FIR next week

| No proposal to hike diesel prices: Reddy | AMU students union election results announced

More

‘Minimum Wage should be fixed’
Panini Anand
Head (Editor) Web Department

Most Popular
Dhobi Ghat review

Most Emailed

Neetu reutes no panty rumour PM to launch MNP services

Deputy Chairman Planning Commission M ontek Singh Ahluwalia on Tuesday said that the M inimum Wage Act should be assured. Talking to ‘Samaylive’ on the issue of payment of the minimum wages in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Ahluwalia said that the government should amend the law if they want but the Minimum Wages Act should be followed. While the Union Minister of State for Labour Harish Rawat said that the government is still discussing on the topic, so no argument can be stated final. Also read: PM differs with Sonia on wage issue Also read: Minimum wages should be fixed: Sonia File photo: Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Bipasha-John still together! Hamid Karzai to visit Russia

Samaylive on Facebook
Like

921 people like Samaylive

S antosh

M ohammed

S hev aun

Narendra

Rav in

When asked about the contempt of the Andhra Pradesh High Court decision on Minimum wages in January 2009, Harish Rawat said, "We respect the Supreme Court and High Court decisions and still have not appealed against the High Court decision. According to the central government's ambitious and historic plan, the central government will have to pay the wages. In many states, the minimum wages is more than what is paid under MNREGA. Due to which the people are getting less money than the fixed minimum wage. According to the Minimum Wages Act, the central government have to pay an additional amount of Rs 1,200 crore every year for which is central government is not ready yet. When asked, Montek Singh said that the states will have to bear the additional burden of payment towards employment guarantee scheme MGNREGA beyond the amount prescribed by the centre to match their minimum wages. "Any state whose minimum wages are below that or close to that (prescribed under MGNREGA), then it is not a problem. "But if you are a very rich state that can afford very high minimum wages, then Central government reimbursement will be limited," Montek Singh Ahluwalia said. Under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), a worker is entitled to Rs 100 per day for minimum of 100 days in a year. Later, it was decided to link the payment to inflation. As per the revised structure (post linking it to inflation), the wages under MGNREGA will go up between 17 to 30 per cent on the base of Rs 100 for the present, a move that will benefit five crore people. Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia reached New Delhi on Tuesday to attend a two day seminar on minimum wages organized by the Bandhua Mukti Morcha (BMM), along with the Planning Commission. The programe was chaired by Justice A. P. Shah (Former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court). Harish Rawat (Minister of State, Ministry of Labour and Employment), Sitaram Yetchury (Politburo Member, Communist Party of India [Marxist]), Harsh Mander (Member, National Advisory Council), Aruna Roy (Member, National Advisory Council), Prof. Trilochan Sastry (Dean, IIM Bangalore), Prof. Jayati Ghosh (economist) and a team of recently released bonded labourers also attended the meeting. The meeting was inaugurated by Naurti bai from Harmada village who was the leader of the agitation that lead to the famous Supreme Court judgement of Sanjit Roy v. the State of Rajasthan establishing the payment of anything less than minimum wages by any agency to be forced labour. Several politicians, bureaucrats, jurists, academics, economists, media persons, activists of repute and other eminent public intellectuals attended the meeting.

Latest News
Adarsh: CBI to file FIR next week No proposal to hike diesel prices: Reddy PM launches MNP service AMU students union election results announced Shahid will be back with a bang Seven prisoners escape from court complex Banda Case: Maya accuses Opposition Food inflation drops, vegetables still costly Gehlot approved Rs 2.92 to 'Ayush Bhawan' Gold, silver prices tumble

…samaylive.com/…/lsquo-minimum-wag…

1/2

1/21/2011

‘Minimum Wage should be fixed’

This meeting was the first public consultation on the issue of minimum wages after the Prime Minister of India wrote to the Chairperson of the National Advisory Council stating that "statutorily the wage rate under MGNREGA is delinked and independent of provisions of the Minimum Wages Act" in response to her letter to him saying that "workers under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act need to be paid minimum wages." She also wrote that he may "give suitable directions" to this effect.

Tools:

Print

Email

More

Comments (0 posted):

Post your comment
Your name :

Your e-mail address :

Your website : Add your comments :

Please enter the code you see in the image:
Security Code :

Code :

Submit

Photo Gallery

Prime Minister's new team

Mumbai Marathon 2011

Holy dip in the Ganga at ..

Lohri celebrations

Aamir and Kiran at Sahara..

Home Sports Entertainment Regional Nation Business

World Technology Lifestyle Automobile Blog

Disclamier Policy Contact Us Advertise With Us About Us Archive Search

Sahara Time Roznama Sahara Rashtriya Sahara Aalami Sahara Bazme Sahara

…samaylive.com/…/lsquo-minimum-wag…

2/2