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DOUBLE DELIGHT FOR LABOURERS

labour-2With drought-like situation looming large in the state, the Maharashtra government has made another populist move to benefit the aam aadmi. The government has decided to hike the minimum wages of farm labourers and of those employed under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). Bringing double delight to the workets, the government has almost doubled the existing wages of of farm labourers and of those employed under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). This has been done by making an amendment in the Minimum Wages Act, 1948. As per the amendments made, those receiving wages of Rs 66 per day will now get Rs 100 and those getting Rs 72 will get Rs 120. The hike in wages ensures that a manual farm labour gets at least Rs 100 per day and a maximum of Rs 120 a day depending on the area he works in and the type of work. Similarly, the scale of labour wages working on mechanised farming machines ranges from a minimum of Rs 145 to Rs 160 per day. So, a farmer earning Rs 1,716 per month for a certain job will get Rs 2,600 for the same. And for the officials or landlords who do not pay the wages, the fine amount is Rs 500 or six months imprisonment or both. With camerperson Ranjeet Gupta, Dheeraj Mishra for NMTV news.

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