Minimum Pension – Lok Sabha Q&A
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1570
ANSWERED ON: 05.03.2018
Will the Minister of LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT be pleased to state:-
(a)whether the labour welfare measures initiated for betterment of labour force include minimum pension of Rs.1000/- per month to the pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995;
(b)if so, the details thereof;
(c)whether minimum wages fixed for various types of unskilled labourers including those working in unorganized sector under the Minimum Wages Act vary amongst States including Madhya Pradesh;
(d)if so, the details thereof, State/UT-wise along with the reasons for differential wages; and
(e)whether the Government has amended/proposes to amend the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 and formulate a uniform wage policy for the entire country and if so, the details and the salient features thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE (IC) FOR LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
(SHRI SANTOSH KUMAR GANGWAR)
(a) & (b): Yes, Madam. The Government has notified a minimum pension of Rs. 1000/- per month to the pensioners under Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995 vide Notification No. G.S.R. 593 (E), dated 19th August, 2014 effective from 01.09.2014.
(c) to (e): Yes, Madam. Minimum wages fixed in unorganised sector under the Minimum Wages Act, 1948 vary amongst States including Madhya Pradesh.
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 for various categories of workers employed in the scheduled employments under their respective jurisdictions.
A statement showing range of rates of minimum wages compiled on the basis of information as and when received from the State Governments is at Annex.
Presently, “Code on Wages Bill, 2017” introduced in Lok Sabha on 10.08.2017 has a provision for fixing “National Minimum Wage/Wages” by notification, which may be different for different States or geographical areas. The minimum rates of wages fixed by the appropriate Government shall not be less than the ‘National Minimum Wage’.