Himachal Govt issues notification to hike minimum wages

KUMARHATTI: In a major relief to the workers’ class the state government has finally issued the notification to revise the minimum wages from Rs. 75 to Rs.100 per day. The notification issued yesterday would be implemented from January 1, 2008.

The notification was expected to end workers’ unrest over the issue who were waiting impatiently for notification. In fact the numbers of workers’ protest were witnessed in Baddi area in quite past time.

The decision to hike the wages was taken in a meeting of Minimum Wage Board on April 10. The notification was delayed due to Parliament poll in Hamirpur.

Meanwhile the AITUC has expressed concern over the government decision to not to approve the house rent allowances in notification. Mr. Jagdish Bhardwaj, President of state AITU has said that in board meeting it was decided to give 10 percent HRA on hiked wages for A class industrial area. The whole Solan district was described under A class besides the industrial areas of Paonta Sahib in Sirmour district and Mehatpur in Nahan district, he said.

We now demanded that the new unit would only be registered after they arranged proper housing for its workers, he asserted.

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