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Ministry plans Rs.10,000 minimum monthly wage for contract workers

  1. Context: The issue of wages to contract labour had led to increasing labour unrest in the past
  2. News: The Labour Ministry has proposed a minimum monthly income of Rs.10,000 for contract workers
  3. At present, employers give the fixed minimum wages to workers for 45 economic activities,as mentioned in the Minimum Wages Act, 1948
  4. Criticism: Out of estimated 3.6 crore contract labourers, only 60 lakh were covered under the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970
  5. Impact: It will increase the minimum wages of contract labourers from around Rs.6,000/month that is paid to them in a few sectors at present
  6. Fact: Of the 3.6 crore contract workers about 32% are employed by contractors in the public sector
  1. Context: The issue of wages to contract labour had led to increasing labour unrest in the past
  2. News: The Labour Ministry has proposed a minimum monthly income of Rs.10,000 for contract workers
  3. At present, employers give the fixed minimum wages to workers for 45 economic activities,as mentioned in the Minimum Wages Act, 1948
  4. Criticism: Out of estimated 3.6 crore contract labourers, only 60 lakh were covered under the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970
  5. Impact: It will increase the minimum wages of contract labourers from around Rs.6,000/month that is paid to them in a few sectors at present
  6. Fact: Of the 3.6 crore contract workers about 32% are employed by contractors in the public sector
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