Raj govt hikes minimum wages for daily wagers

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Jaipur, Feb 25 (UNI) The Rajasthan Government has raised minimum wages payable to daily wage workers in state with effect from March 1 this year.

Presenting the state budget for 2008-2009, in the Assembly here today, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who also holds the Finance Portfolio, also announced a hike in fixed monthly remuneration payable to ex-service men for their jobs as security guards, honorarium of the Anganbadi workers and daily allowance for gram panchayats and panchayat samiti and zila parishad members.

As per the announcement, the minimum wages for unskilled worker would be paid at the rate of Rs 100 per day effecting a hike of Rs 30 per day. Besides this, semi skilled worker will now get Rs 107 per day instead of Rs 77 per day and skilled Rs 115 per day instead of 81 per day.

Similarly, Angalbadi worker would get Rs 1600 per month honorarium instead of Rs 1000, while Sathin would get Rs 1000 instead of Rs 500 and helpers would get Rs 800 per month instead of Rs 500 per month.

Similarly, ex servicemen working as security guards will get Rs 5000-6000 per month, Supervisors Rs 7500, an Assistant Security Officer Rs 11,500 and Security Officer Rs 12,000 per month.

Clerks, Plumbers, painters and Carpenters would also get revised remunerations.

The daily allowance payable members of Zila Parishads, Panchayat Samities and Gram Panchayats for attending sittings of respective bodies, has also been raised to Rs 75, Rs 60 and Rs40 per day.

Ms Raje has also announced raising of pension for freedom fighters from present Rs 2000 to Rs 2,500 per month.

Besides this, the amount of reward money for servicemen and/or security personnel from Rajasthan who are conferred galantry awards is also being raised.

Cash reward for President's Fire Services Medal, President's Home Guard and Civil Defence Medal, Fire Service Medal and Home Guard and Civil Defence Medals winner are also being instituted from this year.

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