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NREGA wages to be linked to minimum wages

Published on 6 Nov. 2012 12:34 AM IST
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Centre was considering a proposal to equate the wages for works under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act with the minimum wages prevailing in states, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said Monday.

“There are some states where the wages under NREGA are lower than the state-level minimum wages. The Union Government proposed to amend Section 6 (1) of NREGA to equate the wages with the state minimum wages,” Ramesh told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

A case on the issue had been pending in the Supreme Court and the government, after finalizing its proposal, would inform the apex court of its decision, Ramesh said.

Kerala, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Mizoram, Uttarkhand and Jharkand are the states where the minimum wages are higher than the NREGA wages, he said. In Kerala, the NREGA wage is Rs 164 while the minimum wage is Rs 200, he said.

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