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Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
26-April-2012 17:03 IST
Minimum Wages to Contract Labourers


            The Union Labour & Employment Minister Shri Mallikarjun Kharge has informed the Rajya Sabha  that the complaints under the Contract Labour (Regulation & Abolition) Act, 1970 and Minimum Wags Act,1948 are dealt with by the respective appropriate Government under the said Acts. The State Governments are the appropriate Governments in respect of the private and statesector establishments.   In central sphere, as and when such complaints are received, the office of Chief Labour Commissioner(Central) organization conducts inspection of the establishment and action is taken against the erring employer found violating the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act by filing prosecution in the Court.  Claim case is also filed before the authority under the Act who decides the claim and directs for the payment of difference of wages along with compensation to the workers. The details of  claims filed  and  decided  in the last two years are  given as under:-


Year 2010-11

Year 2011-12

 No. of claim cases filed 



No. of claim cases decided  



 Amount awarded                            
















The respective State Governments are empowered to fix, revise, review and enforce the minimum wages in their states.  However, in order to have a uniform wage structure and to reduce the disparity in minimum wages across the country, a concept of National Floor Level Minimum Wage was mooted on the basis of the recommendation of National Commission on Rural Labour (NCRL) in 1991. The Central Government has revised the National Floor Level Minimum Wage from Rs.100/ - to Rs. 115/ - per day w.e.f. 01.4.2011.

  The Minister was replying to a written question in this regard.