Chandigarh, April 22:The Punjab Government today announced an increase in minimum wages fixed by the State due to increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI). According to an official spokesman new wages have been increased with effect from 1st March, 2008. Now the minimum wage for an unskilled worker would be Rs. 100.51 for daily rated worker and Rs. 2620 for monthly rated worker.
The spokesman said that per day rate of an agriculture worker would be now Rs. 94.61 (with meal) and Rs. 104.31 (without meal).The spokesman added that increase has been made on the basis of change in CPI that has risen from 409 to 419. He said that all industrial establishment and those in unorganised sectors have been informed about the new rates of minimum wages effective from 1st March, 2008. He said that labour department would take action against erring units/individuals under minimum wages act 1948 in the case of any violation.
The spokesman clarified that the revision of minimum wages which is done by Minimum Wages Board was also in process.