Rate of Minimum Wages (Variable Dearness Allowance) Revised for Central sphere workers

Rate of Minimum Wages (Variable Dearness Allowance) Revised for Central sphere workers

Delhi: At a time when the country is struggling with COVID-19 pandemic, in a major relief to different category of workers engaged in various scheduled employments in the central sphere, the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India has notified and revised the rate of Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) with effect from 1.10.2021.

The VDA is revised on the basis of average Consumer Price Index for industrial workers (CPI-IW) a price index compiled by Labour Bureau (an attached office of Ministry of Labour & Employment). The average CPI-IW for the months of January to June, 2021 was used for undertaking the latest Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) revision.

Shri Bhupender Yadav, Minister of Labour & Employment, Environment, Forest & Climate Change, said that this will benefit around 1.5 crore workers engaged in various scheduled employment in the central sphere across the country i.e. (a) Construction, maintenance of Roads, Runways, Building operations etc.; (b) Sweeping and cleaning; (c) Loading and unloading; (d) Watch and ward; (e) Mines & (f) Agriculture and said that this is in line with Prime Minister’s vision of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas” and this increase will be effective from 1st October, 2021 and wished all the nation builders greetings of Happy Deepavali.

The move will benefit around 1.50 crore workers engaged in various scheduled employments in central sphere across the country. This

hike in Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) will support these workers particularly in the current pandemic times.

Rates of wages for different categories of employees

Schedule employment Category of employees Rate of wages including Variable Dearness Allowance Area wise per day (in Rupees)
A B C
Construction or maintenance of roads or runways or  building operations etc. Unskilled 654 546 437
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor 724 617 512
Skilled/Clerical 795 724 617
Highly Skilled 864 795 724
Sweeping and Cleaning  

654 546 437
Loading and Unloading workers  

654 546 437
Watch and Ward Without Arms 795 724 617
With Arms 864 795 724
Agriculture Unskilled 417 380 377
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor 455 419 384
Skilled/Clerical 495 455 418
Highly Skilled 547 509 455

For Mines employees

Category Above Ground Below Ground
Unskilled 437 546
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor 546 654
Skilled/Clerical 654 762
Highly Skilled 762 851

The rates fixed for scheduled employment in Central sphere are applicable to the establishments under the authority of Central Government, Railway Administration, Mines, Oil fields, major ports or any corporation established by the Central Government. These rates are equally applicable to contract and casual employees/workers.

Shri D.P.S.Negi, Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) said that the minimum wages (VDA) in respect of scheduled employment under central sphere is revised twice in a year i.e. 1st April and 1st October on the basis of Consumer Price Index for industrial workers released by Labour Bureau, an attached office of Ministry of Labour & Employment.  Further, period under consideration for this order is from January to June, 2021 as per the Gazette Notification.

The enforcement of Minimum Wages Act in the Central sphere is ensured through the Inspecting Officers of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) Organization across the country for employees/workers engaged in the scheduled employment in the central sphere.