Under Section 24(1) (a) of the Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950, the number of hours of work for a worker, engaged in scheduled employments irrespective of any sector under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, which shall constitute a normal working day, shall be 9 hours for an adult inclusive of the intervals of rest.
The minimum wages, fixed under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 have to be statutorily paid. The enforcement of the Act is secured at two levels. 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), while in the State Sphere it is ensured through the State Enforcement Machinery. They conduct regular inspections and in the event of detection of any case of non-payment or under-payment of minimum wages, they advise the employers to make payment of the shortfall of wages . In case of non-compliance, penal provisions against the defaulting employers are invoked.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Shri Harish Rawat in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.