Ladakh Admin Enhances Minimum Wages Of Daily Wagers

SRINAGAR: The Ladakh administration on Wednesday ordered enhancement of minimum wages of daily wagers including casual labourers and daily rated workers as per the revised minimum rate of wages notified by the Labour and Employment Department.

“It is hereby ordered that the Daily Wage Earners (Daily Wagers) including Casual Workers/ Casual Labourers/Daily Rated Workers, who are duly engaged and working in all Government Departments and those of Municipalities and Local Bodies on daily wage basis, shall be enhanced from the existing minimum wage rate and they shall be paid as per revised minimum rate of wages as notified in terms of S.O. 117 dated: 02.11.2022 notified by the Labour and Employment Department, UT Ladakh w.e.f: 02.11.2022,”news agency KNO quoted an order issued under 233-F of 2022, dated 15-11-2022 as having said.

Under the new minimum rate of wages, the unskilled daily wagers, who were getting Rs 225 till now will be paid Rs 450 per day while the skilled daily wagers, who were getting Rs 350 per day will be paid Rs 575 per day.

The order further reads that the concerned DDO/Controlling Officer shall certify with every bill that Daily Wagers/ Casual Workers/ Casual Labourers/Daily Rated Workers have worked for the prescribed time period every day and their performance has been satisfactory. “The performance and work done by the daily wager must be certified every month by the concerned Controlling Officer,” it added.

“District Officer concerned shall make a detailed review of the number of workers required by assessing and ascertaining the nature of work performed by existing workers in the department and put up a report to their administrative department through respective Deputy Commissioner/CEO LAHDC,” the order further added.

“Before drawl of wages on revised rates, it shall be ensured by the Controlling Officer that the daily wager is registered on e-Shram Portal and their registration number (12-digit ID number) shall be mentioned in the wage bill,” it further added.

The government has also directed all the departments to ensure Bio-metric attendance system for all categories of workers engaged in Departments. “In field offices where Bio-metric attendance is not possible, the concerned DDO shall ensure marking of attendance at defined intervals and he shall certify attendance of the workers with every bill presented. However, no bills shall be entertained after 1st January without biometric attendance. It will be the duty of the concerned Controlling Officer to immediately install the biometric attendance system in respective offices/field units,” the order added.

“All Departments shall submit details regarding un-authorized engagements of workers so that responsible officers for such engagements can be identified for taking action as warranted against them under rules. This revision is applicable only to the daily wage earners and not to the persons employed on consolidated basis, part time or contingent (e.g. sanitation workers engaged out of OE/OAE, etc) basis. Persons engaged as part of any State/Centrally Sponsored Schemes shall be regulated as per provisions of the respective SSS/CSS and this order shall not be applicable to them,” it added.

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