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Government has increased daily minimum wage to Rs 160 per day

The minimum wage across the country has been increased to Rs 160 a day from Rs 137 by the government with effect from this month.

The government has raised threshold after two years on average increase in the consumer price index for industrial workers during this period basis.

Bandaru Dattatreya, the Labour Minister said on Tuesday that he has written to all chief ministers and lieutenant governors to take the necessary steps to fix minimum rates of wages in respect of all scheduled employments in states and union territories not below the revised level.

“While reviewing the movement of CPI-IW (consumer price index for industrial workers) during April 2014 to March 2015 over the period April 2012 to March 2013, it was observed that the average CPIIW has risen from 215.17 to 250.83. Accordingly, the NFLMW (national floor level minimum wage) has been revised upwards from existing Rs 137 to Rs 160 per day with effect from July 1, 2015,” he said.

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