Labour ministry suggests nine-hour working shift in draft labour code

As per news reports, the labour ministry has suggested nine-hour regular working day in its draft wage code as against eight hours now but stayed away from fixing a national minimum wage. Like the labour code on wages, the draft rule has left a decision on minimum wage to an expert committee.

According to the reports, an internal panel of the labour ministry had said in its report in January that “the single value of the national minimum wage for India should be set at ₹375 per day as of July 2018.”

In addition to the minimum monthly wage of ₹ 9,750, the seven-member panel had also suggested that a housing allowance of ₹ 1,430 should be provided for city-based workers.

It is reported that the draft rule will be finalised in December after it receives public comments for a month.

The draft rules said, that the country will be divided into three geographic categories i.e., metropolitan area with a population of 40 lakh or more, non-metropolitan area with a population of 10-40 lakh and rural areas, to set the minimum wage.

The rules also said that the house rent will be 10% of the minimum wage, without classifying whether it would be higher based on the category of the cities people live in. In fact, the expenditure on fuel, electricity and miscellaneous items will constitute at 20% of the minimum wage.

As per reports, while calculating the wage, an intake of 2,700 calories per day and 66 metres of clothing per annum for a standard family will be considered.

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