New Delhi: The Central Government is going to present a Bill in the Parliament for fixing minimum wages for labourers working in unorganized sector. Once the Bill is passed in the Parliament, it will be mandatory for the state governments to pay not less than minimum wages fixed by the Centre.  

The government is also serious over providing security of labourers who migrate to other states to make their both ends meet. Union Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday informed the Rajya Sabha that government is going to bring a legislation to fix minimum wages.

Till date, the state governments are empowered to fix minimum wages for the labourers. It’s the reason behind variation in the wages in the states.  

In the Rajya Sabha, JD (U) MP Shivanad Tiwari raised a question over MNS workers' violent campaigns against the Hindi speaking people in Maharashtra, while TN Seema of CPI (M) sought identity cards and ration cards to get rid of difficulties being faced by migrated labourers.

Replying to the questions, Kharge said that he will discuss with Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over the issue. The Labour Minister said Director General (Labour Welfare) is in touch with state governments in this regard.


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