Wages hiked by government in terms of altitudes

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Gangtok, Apr 30 (UNI) The Sikkim government has raised the wages for the daily working class in terms of altitude.

Labourers engaged in road and infrastructural construction works along the rarified altitudes of above 14000 ft like Nathu La road expansion will now be entitled to seventy per cent more than their normal wages.

Workers engaged in alpine attitudes above 16,000 ft (mostly trekking expeditions in West and North Sikkim) have to be paid double the normal wages, said a government notification published recently.

Those workers working in sub-alpine altitude between 8001 and 12000 ft must now be paid fifty per cent more than the normal wages.

More good news are there in store for the working class from Sikkim government as the state government approaches to celebrate Labour Day tomorrow at Rangpo, East Sikkim.

The state labour department has set up a four tier definition- unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and highly skilled- of the working class engaged in twentyfive industries in the state ranging from automobile engineering works to shops and commercial establishments.

The workers and labourers have been guaranteed a minimum daily wage of Rs 100 by the government.

A labourer falling under the 47 definitions of unskilled worker must get Rs 100 as minimum daily wage. Unskilled work has been defined as which involves simple operation require little or no skill or experience on the job and includes watchman, peon and waiter among others.

Workers like mechanic, gate keeper and sales included in the 80 classifications of semi-skilled labourers will get Rs.115 minimum daily wages.

Skilled labourers like electrician, foreman and fifty four others falling under this bracket have been given Rs.130 minimum daily wages.

The highly skilled workers engaged in heavy machine driving or working in underground works and other categories which are of highly skilled nature received the highest minimum daily wages of Rs.150.

Highly skilled work has been defined by the government as works which calls for degree of perfection and competence.


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