Bringing relief to the working class of the country amid an unprecedented price rise, the government has hiked the minimum wages to Rs. 100 from existing Rs. 80 per day.

“The decision to hike minimum wages to Rs. 100 per day would be implemented with retrospective effect from November 1, 2009,” a Labour Ministry source told PTI.

“The national floor labour minimum wage has been revised from November 1 on the basis of ensuing consumer price index,” the source said.

Consequently, the Ministry has asked states and Union Territories to “fix and revise minimum rates of wages” so as to ensure that in none of the scheduled employment, the minimum wages are less than Rs. 100 per day, the source said.

The move comes in the backdrop of growing demand from the working class to review the wage which was last revised in 2007 from Rs. 56 to Rs. 80. Several trade unions had earlier made representations demanding a hike in minimum wage.

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