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Assam moots revision of wages for MGNREGA workers

It has been worked out to ensure proper implementation of the centre’s flagship programme and make sure that workers get better pay

Guwahati: Assam government has prepared a draft proposal to revise minimum wages for workers and employees engaged under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

The draft proposal has been prepared under the relevant provisions of Minimum Wages Act, 1948.
The minimum rates of wages fixed for different categories are Rs 208 per day for skilled work/clerical work and Rs 150 per day for semi-skilled/unskilled supervisory work.

An official statement said that a minimum rate of Rs 130 per day was proposed for unskilled workers who are engaged in agriculture, construction or maintenance of roads or in building operation, stone breaking or crushing, flood control, irrigation and public health engineering.

In addition to the rates of wages as may be revised, the workers/employees shall be entitled to variable dearness allowance (VDA) to the extent of 75 per cent of the rise or fall in the index point in the all India consumer price index for industrial workers.

Rates of VDA shall be revised after considering objection or suggestion received from any person or organisation on or before April 20 next, an official statement said.

“All persons likely to be affected could send their objections for consideration before the draft proposal is finalised and implemented,” the release added.

A state government official said that revised pay structure has been worked out to ensure proper implementation of the centre’s flagship programme and make sure that workers get better pay.
—iGovernment Bureau

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