SHILLONG, April 5: KHM Youth Wing has sought the state government intervention for the revision of Minimum Daily wages in the state and also met Labour Minister Ampreen Lyngdoh in this regard here on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters KHM leader Thomas Passah said that Labour Minister A Lyngdoh has also admitted that Rs 212 is to less and has assured to do the follow up in this matter.
“She also told us that she has sent a copy to the principal secretary of the Labour Department in this regard and KHM will also do the follow up in this matter,” Passah said.
“The daily wages of Highly Skilled, Skilled, Simi Skilled and Un-skilled labour of Assam is entitled Rs. 450, Rs 350, Rs 280 and Rs 240 respectively where as in Meghalaya it is Rs 212, Rs 191, Rs, 181 and Rs, 170,” Passah said adding that astonishing the unskilled labour of Assam has a higher daily minimum wages then the Highly Skilled labour of Meghalaya.
“In Assam, In addition to the minimum wages, the workers employees are also entitled to Variable Dearness allowance (VDA) at the rate of 100 per cent over the rise and fall of Index point in All India Consumer Price for Industrial Workers as on the date of effect of the revised rate of minimum wages and to be paid thereafter six monthly review basis,” he said adding that the VDA has been implemented at almost all the state in India, and needs to be introduced in the State of Meghalaya also. He further said that the state government intervention on this matter is needed to ensure that the Present Minimum Wages of Meghalaya be reviewed at par with the neighbouring state of Assam, to ensure a proper livelihood to the bulk of the population of the State.