Minimum wages hiked, Regional disparity in wages to be removed : Finance Minister

Announcing the second tranche of the Rs 20 lakh crore economic stimulus, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman said that the minimum wages for workers were hiked from Rs. 182 to Rs. 202 per day. She said that the government is aiming for the minimum wages to be applicable to all the workers, which, currently covers only 30% of the workers. 

“Worker's welfare is our top agenda. We are proposing a national floor-wise wage rate so that uniform wage rate prevails across states”, she said in a press briefing on the 14th of May.

The Government is planning to remove regional disparity in regional wage and working towards a ‘national floor-wage’ and ‘universal minimum wage’ plan.

“States and UTs have also been told to provide jobs to migrants”, she said while adding that Rs 10,000 crore has been spent in the last two months on creating 14.62 crore man-day’s of the world under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) as an aid to migrant workers.

As compared to May last year, 40-50% more persons have been enrolled, she pointed out.


These announcements came along with an announcement of free food supply to eight crore migrants in the country for the next two months.

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