Violation of Minimum Wage Policy – Minister replied in Lok Sabha on 24.6.2019

Violation of Minimum Wage Policy – Owners are not paying minimum wage to their labourers – Minister replied in Lok Sabha on 24.6.2019

VIOLATION OF MINIMUM WAGE POLICY

Minister of State (In-charge) for Labour and Employment Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar replied to a question in Lok Sabha on 24th July 2019 regarding the issue of Minimum Wage.

The Minister replied in written form that the regular inspections are carried out for ensuring the compliance of Labour Laws. The details of inspections conducted under Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and Payment of Wages Act, 1936 for ensuring the timely payment of statutory wages during the last three years is enclosed herewith as Annexure “A”.

The Officers of Central Industrial Relations Machinery (CIRM) are regularly conducting inspections under various labour laws, to ensure that the workers are being paid the minimum wages at the rate fixed according to the nature of work as provided under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948. However, if there is any case pertaining to the non-payment or less payment of minimum wages to the workers, the officers of the CIRM immediately take action by filing claim cases before the authority under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and for other violations prosecutions are filed in the court. The details of the claim cases decided, the amount awarded to the workers during the last three years and prosecution filed in the court under Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and Payment of Wages Act, 1936 are enclosed herewith as Annexure “B”.

Measures to create awareness among labourers about their rights have been provided under Rule 22 of the Minimum Wages (Central) Rules, 1950 framed under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948. Rule 22 of the Minimum Wage (Central) Rules, 1950 prescribes that Notices in the Form IX-A containing the minimum rates of wages fixed together with abstracts of the Act, the rules made thereunder and the name and address of the Inspector shall be displayed in English and in a language understood by the majority of the workers in the employment at the main entrances to the establishment and at its office and shall be maintained in a clean and legible condition. Such notices shall also be displayed on the notice-boards of all sub-divisional and district offices.

ANNEXURE-A

Annexure referred to in reply to Parts (a) to (c) of Lok Sabha Unstarred
Question No. 291 for 24.06.2019 raised by Shri Nalin Kumar Kateel
regarding “Violation of Minimum Wage Policy”.


Minimum Wages Act, 1948
S.No.Particulars2015-162016-172017-182018-19
Upto March,
2019
1No. of Inspections Conducted9803915191878327
2No. of Irregularities detected75938616897739961489
3No. Irregularities Rectified46467532553962034465
4No. of Prosecutions Launched1549232116512081
5No. of Convictions147619512205651
Payment of Wages Act, 1936

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S.No.Particulars2015-162016-172017-182018-19
Upto March,
2019
1No. of Inspections Conducted1628242232462670
2No. of Irregularities detected15369239772473520176
3No. Irregularities Rectified16836205011240613502
4No. of Prosecutions Launched226566447413
5No. of Convictions28126964289
ANNEXURE -B

Annexure referred to in reply to Part (d) of Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No. 291 for 24.06.2019 raised by Shri Nalin Kumar Kateel regarding “Violation of Minimum Wage Policy”.

Claim cases under Minimum Wages Act, 1948
YEARNO. OF CLAIMSAMOUNT (IN LAKHS)
B/FFILEDDECIDEDAWARDED (Rs.)RECOVERERD
(Rs.)
PAID TO
WORKES
(Rs.)
1234567
2015-1636727431796666544174412803634879425
2016-17261011981138966849224948599048540964
2017-182617146412301619014192548552629794099
2018-19
Upto March,
2019
27901908130726,75,44,0002,25,90,0002,97,95,000
Claim cases under Payment of Wages Act, 1936
YEARNO. OF CLAIMSAMOUNT AWARDED (IN LAKHS)
B/FFILEDDECIDEDAWARDED (Rs.)RECOVERERD (RS.)PAID TO
WORKES
(Rs.)
1234567
2015-1618310386161106591138649511350000
2016-171951573657482328218401072547
2017-18262252172352826766361362729575
2018-19
Upto March, 2019
3323503811,76,19,0003,26,18,0001,27,33,000

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