Payment of Minimum Wages to Contract/Casual Employees


The basic rate of minimum wages for the scheduled employments in the Central sphere was last revised and notified on 19.01.2017. A component of minimum rates of wage, Variable Dearness Allowance (V.D.A.), was last revised on 01.10.2017.

Rates fixed for the scheduled employments in the Central sphere are applicable to establishments under the authority of Central Government, railway administration, mines, oil-fields, major port or any corporation established by a Central Government. These rates are equally applicable to contract and casual labourers/worker.

The implementation of the Act is done by the Centre as well as the States in respect of their respective jurisdiction. In the Central Sphere, the enforcement is secured through the Inspecting Officers of the Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) commonly designated as Central Industrial Relations Machinery (CIRM) across the Country for workers falling under the Scheduled Employment in the Central Sphere including CPSUs and Railways establishments through regular inspections. In case of non-compliance, penal provisions against the defaulting employers are invoked.

This Ministry is in constant endeavor towards implementing the revised rates of minimum wages. As far as employees in Railway are concerned guidelines were issued in December, 2017 to Ministry of Railways/Railway Board. Ministry of Railways has also issued instructions to its Zonal Offices across the country for strict compliance of minimum wages in December, 2017.

The data of inspections, amount of claims, action taken against defaulting employer under the Minimum Wage Act, 1948 in the Central Sphere for the last three years is at Annexure ‘A’.                                                 

Annexure 'A'

Claims cases under Minimum Wages Act, 1948


Year

Claims

Amount

B/F

Filed

Decided

Awarded

Recovered

Paid to Workers

2015-16

3672

743

1796

66654417

44128036

34879425

2016-17

2610

1198

1138

96684922

49485990

48540964

2017-18

(upto Dec.,2017)

2617

1050

819

95757253

20697840

24866702


Minimum Wages Act, 1948


Sl.

No.

Particulars

2015-16

2016-17

2017 -18

(upto Dec,2017)

1.

No. of Inspections  Conducted

9803

9151

7380

2.

No. of Irregularities Detected

75938

61689

62304

3.

No. of Irregularities Rectified

46467

53255

28884

4.

No. of Prosecutions Launched

1549

2321

1130

5.

No. of Convictions

1476

1951

1721


This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.


 
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