Variation of Minimum Wage Rates in States

A SHAKTI VAHINI RESEARCH INITIATIVE

A statement giving the minimum rates of wages fixed for unskilled workers engaged in different scheduled employments by different State Governments/Union Territory Administrations is as under:

(Rs. Per day)
Sl. No State / Union Territory Unskilled
1 2 3
1 Andhra Pradesh 68.96
2 Arunachal Pradesh 134.62
3 Assam 100.00
4 Bihar 109.12
5 Chhattisgarh 134.15
6 Goa 150.00
7 Gujarat 100.00
8 Haryana 167.23
9 Himachal Pradesh 110.00
10 Jammu and Kashmir 110.00
11 Jharkhand 111.00
12 Karnataka 111.83
13 Kerala 110.00
14 Madhya Pradesh 138.16
15 Maharashtra 95.65
16 Manipur 81.40
17 Meghalaya 100.00
18 Mizoram 132.00
19 Nagaland 80.00
20 Orissa 90.00
21 Punjab 141.98
22 Rajasthan 135.00
23 Sikkim 100.00
24 Tamil Nadu 92.54
25 Tripura 81.54
26 Uttar Pradesh 100.00
27 Uttarakhand 91.98
28 West Bengal 108.07
29 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 190.00
30 Chandigarh 176.98
31 Dadra and Nagar Haveli 136.60
32 Daman and Diu 132.60
33 Delhi 203.00
34 Lakshadweep 152.20
35 Puducherry 100.00

The disparity of minimum rates of wages in various States is due to differences in socio-economic conditions, prices of essential commodities, paying capacity, productivity and other local conditions influencing the wage rate.

In order to have a uniform wage structure and to reduce the disparity in minimum wages across the country, the concept of National Floor Level Minimum Wage (NFLMW) was mooted. The NFLMW per day has been revised from time to time primarily taking into account the increase in the Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers. With effect from 01.11.2009 the NFLMW was raised to Rs.100/- per day. Since the NFLMW is a non-statutory measure, the State Governments are persuaded to fix/revise minimum wages in such a way that in none of the scheduled employments, the minimum wage is less than NFLMW.

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