Minimum Wage

As per the Indian Constitution, 'Minimum Wage' has been defined as the level of income for skilled and unskilled workers which ensures a sustaining standard of living while also providing for some measure of comfort. A minimum wage not just supports the bare level of employment, but also seeks for viable continuous improvement. It aims at preventing exploitation of labour.

Minimum Wages For States Across India

The states which impose minimum wages in India are listed below: (Click on the state name for more details)

Effective date:1st Apr, 2019

Fixation and Revision of Minimum Wages

Under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, both Central and State government have dominion over fixing the wages. The State governments fix their own scheduled employments and further release the rates of Minimum Wage along with the VDA (Variable Dearness Allowance). Wage boards are set up to review and fix minimum wages at specified intervals. The wage rates in scheduled employments differ across states, sectors, skills, regions and occupations owing to a lot of differentiating factors. Hence, there is no single uniform minimum wage rate across the country and the revision cycle differs for each state.

Scope and Applicability

Minimum Wages Act was enforced to ensure the employers did not exploit employees with insufficient wages. The Act is applicable on all establishments, factories, place of business and industry types. Unscheduled industries are generally excluded, though a state can add a minimum wage for an occupation or specify it for a sector during a revision cycle.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

Under-payment and non-payment of Minimum Wage is deemed as an offence under the Central Act. The penalty may range from upto 5 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 10000/- (under Section 22 of the Act).


Latest Minimum wages for Shops & Establishment in Delhi

Important Note: The minimum wage rates for Delhi is updated in simpliance till September 2019 as per notification released effective 1st April 2019. The VDA effective 1st October shall be paid along with old basic till 22nd October 2019 to arrive at the Minimum wage, which has not been updated here. The rates effective 23rd October is pending for further confirmation for dearness allowance(DA), the same shall be made available once the Delhi labour Department releases the said notification

Effective from Date: 1st Apr, 2019 Updated As On: 31st Oct, 2019
Class of Employment Class of workers Basic Per Month VDA Per Month Total Per Day Total Per Month
Unskilled NA 14000.00 468.00 556.00 14468.00
Semi-skilled NA 15400.00 520.00 612.00 15920.00
Skilled NA 16962.00 546.00 673.00 17508.00
Clerical And Supervisory Staff Non Matriculates 15400.00 520.00 612.00 15920.00
Clerical And Supervisory Staff Matriculates But Not graduates 16962.00 546.00 673.00 17508.00
Clerical And Supervisory Staff Graduates And Above 18462.00 598.00 733.00 19060.00

Download Latest Notification(s) Here

The Delhi Minimum Wages Notification (April 2019 And October 2019).pdf
The Delhi Minimum Wages Notification 22nd October 2019.pdf

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