Uttarakhand hikes minimum wages;7 pc hike in DA for govt employees

Uttarakhand today increased the minimum wages to Rs 4,500 per month for workers and also hiked the Dearness Allowance (DA) of government employees to 65 per cent.

"The government employees, who were getting DA at the rate of 58 per cent of the basic salary, would now get it at the rate of 65 per cent," Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna told reporters here.

He said the higher DA would be payable with retrospective effect from January this year. The higher DA for the month from January to June would be deposited in employees' GPF while from July, it would be paid in cash along with the salary, he added.

Bahuguna said his government has also decided to make it compulsory for contractors to pay their workers through cheques only.

"It has been seen that contractors are paid by government or private companies through cheques but they pay their workers in cash only," he said, adding, the government would bring an Ordinance for the purpose.

He said since the Ordinance would be brought to make an amendment in the Central Act, it would be sent to the President for the final approval.

The Chief Minister also announced to increase the minimum wages for workers and take them at par with the parent state of Uttar Pradesh.

He said the unskilled workers would now be paid at Rs 4,500 per month, half-skilled at Rs 5,100 per month and skilled workers at Rs 5,700 per month as they are being paid in Uttar Pradesh.

The government will soon issue a notification in this regard, he added.

He also criticised the previous BJP government for not revising their wages in 2010 as they are revised every five years.

"I consider them guilty for not revising the minimum wages for workers," he said.

Bahuguna also announced doubling of the relief amount given to the victims of natural disasters by adding equal contribution from the state government to the central assistance.

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