Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on March 3 gave his approval to Minimum Wages Bill, aiming to increase minimum wages for unskilled labour from Rs 9,724 to Rs 13,350. With this, wages for semi-skilled labour in New Delhi too will be up from Rs 10,764 to Rs 14,698, while those for skilled labour will increase from Rs 11,830 to Rs 16,182.

On Feb 25, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a cabinet meet approved the proposal seeking upto 37 per cent hike in the minimum wages for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled persons in the national capital.

Following his approval, Delhi CM had said that his government gave green signal to all the recommendations of 15-member committee which was set up by former Lt Governor Najeeb Jung last year to revise the minimum wages.

This is for the second time that the minimum wages has been hiked by the Delhi’s government.

Earlier, addressing a press conference at his official residence, Delhi CM had said, “This is the first time in the country that revision of the minimum wages is proposed on the basis a scientific method. It will be the biggest gift for workers on the occasion of Holi,”.

During his address CM Kejriwal also mentioned, “There was a need to make some changes in the recommendations of second committee but we avoided any hurdles in implementing the cabinet decision and in view of this, we have approved the recommendations without any changes.”