Nagpur: While doing justice to the daily-wages and temporary workers, based on the query raised by Corporator Prafulla Gudadhe Patil, the NMC administration has decided to pay minimum wages.
While quoting the directives of Labour Commissioner wide letter dated February 24, 2015, the Deputy Director of Health has informed all the Ward Officers on April 18, 2016 that from May 2016, all the temporary workers and daily-wages employees will be paid minimum wages of Rs 14, 160/-.
Till date, there temporary workers and daily-wages employees were paid an amount of Rs 7000/-, from next month, they will be paid their hiked wages.
Later, the Working President of National Nagpur Corporation Employees Association of NMC expressed his gratitude to the Mayor and thanked Deputy Director of Health Ganvir for this decision.
It could be recalled that the discussion on NMC Budget presented for 2016-17 on March 29, 2016 was hot worded with Opposition all set to corner the ruling BJP on various issues.
The issue of salaries of around 9000 contract employees of the local body was raised by Corporator Prafulla Gudadhe Patil and debated over. The newly elected Chairman of Standing Committee Sudhir (Bandu) Raut, who presented the Budget, had reportedly made no provision to pay the salaries and arrears of contract employees in accordance with the notified rules and regulations.
The break-up of contract employees working in different departments of NMC is as follows:
- Kanak Resources: 1492
- Security Guards: 431
- Computer Operators: 130
- OCW: 601
- Star Bus: 1580
- Aiwajdars: 4500
- Labourers: 90
The figures did not include the taxi drivers (over 100). If included the figure may cross 9500. The concerned department of State Government had issued a notification on 24.2.2015 by which minimum wages of contract employees were fixed such as:
- Skilled workers: Rs 16,660 per month
- Semi-skilled workers: Rs 15, 660 per month
- Unskilled workers: Rs 14,160 per month
By Rajeev Kushwaha