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Minimum Wages For Domestic Workers, the Government has classified/proposes to classify domestic work as scheduled employment under the Minimum Wages Act;

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA 
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT 

LOK SABHA 
STARRED QUESTION NO. 266 
TO BE ANSWERED ON 31.12.2018 

MINIMUM WAGES FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS 

266. SHRI KALIKESH N. SINGH DEO
        SHRI JAGDAMBIKA PAL 

Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state: 
  • (a)whether the Government has classified/proposes to classify domestic work as scheduled employment under the Minimum Wages Act; 
  • (b) )if so, the details thereof along with the per hour, per day and per month minimum wages fixed for domestic workers in the country, State-wise; 
  • (c) )if not, the reasons for excluding domestic workers out of the purview of the Minimum Wages Act; 
  • (d)the number of persons working as domestic workers in the country and the average wages earned, State-wise; and 
  • (e)whether the Government has data on the working conditions of domestic workers such as working hours, weekly leaves, etc., if so, the details thereof and if not, whether the Government proposes to collect such data and if so, the details thereof? 
MINIMUM+WAGES+FOR+DOMESTIC+WORKERS
ANSWER 
MINISTER OF STATE (IC) 
FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT 
(SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR) 

(a) to (e): A statement is laid on the Table of the House. 

STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (a) TO (e) OF THE LOK SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 266 FOR ANSWER ON 31.12.2018 REGARDING MINIMUM WAGES FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS BY SHRI KALIKESH N. SINGH DEO AND SHRI JAGDAMBIKA PAL. 

(a) to (e): Under the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, both Central and State Governments are appropriate Governments to fix, review and revise the minimum wages of the workers employed in the scheduled employments under their respective jurisdictions. Rates fixed in the Central sphere are applicable to establishments under the authority of Central Government viz. railway administration, mines, oil-fields, major port or any corporation established by a Central Government. Domestic Workers falls under the purview of State sphere, wherein, the State Governments as the appropriate Governments are empowered to include Domestic Workers in the Scheduled Employment to ensure the minimum wages to them. The range of minimum wages as per available information in this Ministry fixed by the various State Governments/UTs is given at Annexure I. 

There is no centralized data on domestic workers. The State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Tamilnadu and Tripura have included domestic workers in the schedule of Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and workers are entitled to file cases before the concerned authorities in case of any grievance in this regard. The Ministry of Labour and Employment is contemplating to formulate a National policy on Domestic Workers which is at the draft stage. 
Annexure-I 
Annexure in reply to part (a) to (e) of Lok Sabha Starred Question No. 266 for 31.12.2018 Category wise variation in Minimum Wages per day in All States as on 01.11.2018 (Provisional)


Sl.No.


State/UT
Categories
Unskilled Semi Skilled Skilled Highly Skilled
Min. Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min. Max.
Central Sphere 321.00 558.00 328.00 617.00 356.00 679.00 389.00 738.00
1 Andhra Pradesh 69.27 - - - - - - 895.83
2 Arunachal Pradesh 150.00 170.00 160.00 180.00 170.00 190.00 - -
3 Assam 244.56 - 285.32 - 356.65 - 458.55 -
4 Bihar 181.00 197.00 188.00 206.00 232.00 251.00 282.00 308.00
5 Chhattisgarh 234.00 325.00 249.95 350.00 242.79 380.00 338.00 410.00
6 Goa 307.00 465.00 321.00 465.00 386.00 465.00 418.00 465.00
7 Gujarat 100.00 276.00 105.00 284.00 115.00 293.00 - -
8 Haryana 326.82 - 343.17 360.32 378.34 397.26 417.12 -
9 Himachal Pradesh 184.87 210.00 199.12 227.00 228.37 254.17 242.40 314.50
10 Jammu & Kashmir 225.00 - 350.00 - 400.00 - - -
11 Jharkhand 229.90 - 240.85 - 317.49 - 366.75 -
12 Karnataka 262.40 - - - - - - 607.32
13 Kerala 287 510 289.70 498.00 278.60 533 284.60 556.00
14 Madhya Pradesh 283.65 - 316.65 - 369.65 - 419.65 -
15 Maharashtra 180.00 315.49 - - - - - -
16 Meghalaya 189.00 - 201.00 - 212.00 - 235.00 -
17 Manipur 273.00 - 248.00 - 225.00 - - -
18 Mizoram 270.00 - 300.00 - 370.00 - 460.00 -
19 Nagaland 115.00 - 125.00 - 135.00 - 145.00 -
20 Odisha 200.00 - 220.00 - 240.00 - 260.00 -
21 Punjab 311.12 - 341.12 - 375.62 - 415.32 -
22 Rajasthan 207.00 - 217.00 - 227.00 - 277.00 -
23 Sikkim 300.00 - 320.00 - 335.00 - 365.00 -
24 Tamil Nadu 182.73 - - - - - - 505.10
25 Tripura 179.96 359.00 197.42 389.00 220.76 419.00 325.00 630.84
26 Uttarakhand 200.00 272.12 231.54 291.54 235.31 310.96 249.23 356.35
27 Uttar Pradesh 228.07 284.63 260.65 313.10 310.78 350.72 324.90 -
28 West Bengal 211.00 278.00 232.00 306.00 255.00 337.00 370.00 -
29 A. & N. Islands 437.00 - 494.00 - 579.00 - 637.00 -
30 Chandigarh 350.00 - 356.00 359.00 367.00 376.00 391.00 -
31 D & N Haveli 277.70 - 285.70 - 293.70 - - -
32 Daman & Diu 287.50 - 295.50 - 303.50 - - -
33 Delhi 538.00 - 592.00 - 652.00 - - -
34 Lakshadweep 314.80 - 339.80 - 364.80 - 389.80 -
35 Puducherry 55.00 255.00 - - - - - -
36 Telangana 69.27 - - - - - - 413.63
* Rates for unskilled workers for Assam and West Bengal exclude Tea garden workers.
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