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Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
29 OCT 2021 1:41PM by PIB Delhi
Rate of Minimum Wages (Variable Dearness Allowance) Revised for Central sphere workers

At a time when the country is struggling with COVID-19 pandemic, in a major relief to different category of workers engaged in various scheduled employments in the central sphere, the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India has notified and revised the rate of Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) with effect from 1.10.2021.

The VDA is revised on the basis of average Consumer Price Index for industrial workers (CPI-IW) a price index compiled by Labour Bureau (an attached office of Ministry of Labour & Employment). The average CPI-IW for the months of January to June, 2021 was used for undertaking the latest Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) revision.

Shri Bhupender Yadav, Minister of Labour & Employment, Environment, Forest & Climate Change, said that this will benefit around 1.5 crore workers engaged in various scheduled employment in the central sphere across the country i.e. (a) Construction, maintenance of Roads, Runways, Building operations etc.; (b) Sweeping and cleaning; (c) Loading and unloading; (d) Watch and ward; (e) Mines & (f) Agriculture and said that this is in line with Prime Minister’s vision of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas” and this increase will be effective from 1st October, 2021 and wished all the nation builders greetings of Happy Deepavali.

The move will benefit around 1.50 crore workers engaged in various scheduled employments in central sphere across the country. This

hike in Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) will support these workers particularly in the current pandemic times.

Rates of wages for different categories of employees

 

Schedule employment

Category of employees

Rate of wages including Variable Dearness Allowance Area wise per day (in Rupees)

A

B

C

Construction or maintenance of roads or runways or  building operations etc.

Unskilled

654

546

437

Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor

724

617

512

Skilled/Clerical

795

724

617

Highly Skilled

864

795

724

Sweeping and Cleaning

 

--

654

546

437

Loading and Unloading workers

 

--

654

546

437

Watch and Ward

Without Arms

795

724

617

With Arms

864

795

724

Agriculture

Unskilled

417

380

377

 

Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor

455

419

384

 

Skilled/Clerical

495

455

418

 

Highly Skilled

547

509

455

 

For Mines employees

Category

Above Ground

Below Ground

Unskilled

437

546

Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor

546

654

Skilled/Clerical

654

762

Highly Skilled

762

851

 

The rates fixed for scheduled employment in Central sphere are applicable to the establishments under the authority of Central Government, Railway Administration, Mines, Oil fields, major ports or any corporation established by the Central Government. These rates are equally applicable to contract and casual employees/workers.

Shri D.P.S.Negi, Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) said that the minimum wages (VDA) in respect of scheduled employment under central sphere is revised twice in a year i.e. 1st April and 1st October on the basis of Consumer Price Index for industrial workers released by Labour Bureau, an attached office of Ministry of Labour & Employment.  Further, period under consideration for this order is from January to June, 2021 as per the Gazette Notification. 

The enforcement of Minimum Wages Act in the Central sphere is ensured through the Inspecting Officers of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) Organization across the country for employees/workers engaged in the scheduled employment in the central sphere.

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