GANGTOK,Nov12: The Sikkim government labour department has proposed to increase the minimum daily wage of workers to Rs 130 from the present Rs 100. It
has defined four categories of workers under the Minimum Wage Act 1948 as unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled & highly skilled.
According to the proposal, unskilled workers will get Rs 130 instead of Rs 100, semi-skilled Rs 145 instead of Rs 115. Similarly, skilled workers’ enhancement is Rs 35, taking their daily wage to Rs 165. For highly skilled workers, the new wage will be be Rs 190 per day as against the earlier Rs 150.
Sikkim has among the highest daily wage rates for labourers in the country and with the enhancement Sikkim would be leading the way in this regard.