Nine hours’ work is a normal working day: Centre
The Centre has proposed nine hours of works and a net intake of 2,700 calories in a preliminary draft of the Wages (Central) Rules. However, it has not proposed floor wages. The Labour Ministry has invited comments from stakeholders, including the public, which, can be submitted till December 1.
The draft rules prescribe six criteria for the fixation of minimum rate of wages.
They are: The standard working-class family, which includes a spouse and two children apart from the earning worker (an equivalent of three adult consumption units); a net intake of 2,700 calories per day per consumption unit; 66 metres of cloth per year per standard working class family; housing rent expenditure to constitute 10 per cent of food and clothing expenditure; fuel, electricity and other miscellaneous items of expenditure to constitute 20 per cent of the minimum wage; and expenditure for children’s education, medical requirement and recreation, and expenditure on contingencies, to constitute 25 per cent of the minimum wages.
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