Special Correspondent

Implementation from today

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa Government will implement the revised minimum rates of wages for different categories of labourers in the State on the occasion of May Day on Tuesday.

At a press conference on Monday, State Labour and Employment Minister Jaya Narayan Mishra said that the government has since issued formal notification for implementation of the revised minimum rates of wages with effect from May 1, 2007.

As per the revised wages an unskilled labourer will be paid Rs. 70 per day, while semi-skilled labourer will get Rs. 80, skilled labourer Rs.

90 and highly skilled labourer Rs. 100, the Minister said.

The minimum wages were last revised on January 1, 2002 under which an unskilled labourer was getting Rs. 50 per day, while semi-skilled labourer was getting Rs. 60, skilled labourer Rs. 70 and highly skilled labourer Rs. 80, Mr. Mishra said.

The Minister said that a total of 1,42,76,439 labourers in the State be benefited following the revision of minimum rates of wages.

Of total labourers, 95,89,269 were working in the organised sector, Mr. Mishra said.

A formal announcement about the government's decision to revise the minimum rates of wages was made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the State Assembly in November last. The decision will come into effect after the government issued a notification in this regard, he said.

The Chief Minister, however, had announced revision of wages for earthwork under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) with immediate effect.

NREGS

As per the revised rates, for earthwork under the NREGS that is being implemented in 19 of the 30 districts of the State an unskilled manual worker who was earlier entitled to get Rs. 50 for digging up a standard lift of 1.5 mts and lead of 50 mts under standard schedule of rates is now getting Rs. 100 for doing the same quantum of work.

A total of 28 lakh households have registered themselves for obtaining the wage guarantee of 100 days in a year under the NREGS.