IANS /New Delhi
To ensure minimum wage to all workers in the national capital, the Delhi government yesterday launched a 10-day ‘Operation Minimum Wage’ drive and a helpline number for people to register their complaints.
Under the campaign, 10 teams of five officials each have been formed which will conduct raids at different locations across the city and will keep a check on the wages paid to the labourers according to their skills, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai said.
“The labourers who are not paid as per the Minimum Wage Act can call 155214 and register their complaints,” Rai said.
Under this plan, the government will form enforcement teams, which will consist of assistant labour commissioner, labour officer, inspection officer, company inspector and labour inspector, he said.
“These teams will conduct inspections of various laboratories, companies, factories, workshops and industrial setups,” Rai said.
The government has fixed wages of various categories on the basis of skills. The minimum wage for the unskilled labourers is Rs14,000 per month while that for semi-skilled is Rs15,400 and for skilled Rs16,962.
“The teams will raid and check records of the organisations or employers from December 10,” he said.
Rai said violations or non-compliance will attract strict action as per the Minimum Wages Act, 2017.
“In case of a violation, a case under the Minimum Wage Act will be registered. The punishment for not paying minimum wages can be Rs50,000 fine or a jail term for three years or both,” Rai added.
This operation, he said, will run for 10 days. Rai also urged people to help the government in the initiative.
“Getting Rs14,000 is also not enough if a person is living in Delhi and has a family to run. Help the government in implementing the minimum wage by paying the mandated wages to the labourers,” he said.
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