Sikkim Government hikes minimum wage by 67%  

Minimum wage in Sikkim hiked to Rs 500
Labour Minister Lok Nath Sharma said that the daily wage for unskilled workers was increased from Rs 300 to Rs 500 effective from July 11, 2022.

The Sikkim government has hiked the minimum wage for unskilled workers by 67 percent. Now, the current effective wages will be Rs 500.

Labour Minister Lok Nath Sharma said that the minimum wage for daily wage for unskilled workers is increased from Rs. 300 to Rs. 500 effective from July 11, 2022. The labourers will be given arrears, Labour Minister Lok Nath Sharma added.

“On September 13, the CM approved and today the labour department has issued a notification for implementation of the revised wages. The revision will see an increase of 67% in the daily wages, which is very high”, the minister said.

“With this revision, Sikkim stands in the third position behind Delhi and Andaman and Nicobar, where the minimum wage is slightly higher,” the minister added.

These wages will be applicable:-

  • Those working at altitudes up to 8,000 feet, while 50 per cent more wages will be given to those working at altitudes from 8,001 feet to 12,000 feet.
  • Those working at altitudes of 12,001 feet to 16,000 feet will be paid 75 per cent more than the normal wage.
  • Those working at places above 16,001 feet will get double the normal wage.

The revision in wages for the worker are as under:-

  • The daily wage for semi-skilled workers increased to Rs 520 from Rs 320.
  • The daily wage for skilled workers increased Rs 535 instead of Rs 335 earlier.
  • The daily wage for Highly-skilled workers will now get Rs 565 per day instead of Rs 365.

The minister has also said the construction of a 100-bedded fully equipped hospital for the labourers in Sikkim.

“E-Shram card implementation is on a mission mode across the state following the guidelines of the Government of India.”

“The facility and benefit under the e-shram are immense and we need to register all the labourers engaged in organised as well as unorganized sector engaged in government or private sector so that they avail the benefit and facility the card extends”, the minister added.

“The authorities concerned, including district collectors, block development officers and others, will initiate the activities with respect to registration as soon as possible.”


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