No single minimum wage floor under the Wage Code bill -Prashant K Nanda
* Minimum wage is a contentious issue for both industries and workers’ groups, said an official
* The economic survey had mentioned that a national mandatory minimum wage is a requirement
New Delhi: India will not have a single mandatory minimum wage floor as talked earlier as the the union Labour ministry has stayed away from making it part of the wage code bill.
Instead it has left this important provision open ended making room for multiple minimum wage structure at different geographical zones.
The labour ministry's decision comes following criticism that its national floor is less than half of what was suggested by an internal committee.
The bill, which was tabled in the Parliament earlier this week, has assign the task to a tripartite body consisting of the government (both at the central and state level), industry and workers groups, at least two government official said, requesting anonymity.
“Minimum wage is a contentious issue for both industries and workers’ groups. Instead of keeping one number as the national mandatory floor, it will be well rehearsed at the state or region level," said the first official cited above.
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Livemint.com, 27 July, 2019, https://www.livemint.com/news/india/no-single-minimum-wage-floor-under-the-wage-code-bill-1564222391841.html