Delhi Labourers to Get 37% Hike in Minimum Wages

Arvind Kejriwal on 25 February gave his nod to the file which was then sent to the Lt Governor’s Office.

Labourers in Delhi would get a 37 percent hike in minimum wages as Lt Governor Anil Baijal has approved the AAP government's proposal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday.

The minimum wages would go up from Rs 9,724 to Rs 13,350 a month for unskilled labourers, from Rs 10,764 to Rs 14,698 for semi-skilled labourers, and from Rs 11,830 to Rs 16,182 for skilled labourers, said Kejriwal, who was accompanied by Labour Minister Gopal Rai.

Kejriwal on 25 February gave his nod to the file which was then sent to the Lt Governor's Office.

Thanking the Lt Governor for giving his nod in a short time, Kejriwal said the notification would be issued on Monday, after which, the hike would come into effect.

It is a historic increase in the minimum wages and biggest among all governments since Independence.

It was the second attempt by the AAP government to revise minimum wages after former Lt Governor Najeeb Jung turned down the previous decision to revise wages by about 50 percent on procedural grounds.