Delhi govt to raise minimum wages from 30 to 40 per cent

New Delhi: The minimum wages for working class will be increased from 30 to 40 per cent across all sectors in the national capital, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal

Rai said today.

Addressing a press conference here, Rai said a 13-member advisory committee, which was constituted by the LabourDepartment in April to revise minimum wages in Delhi, willsubmit its report in next few days and subsequently the decision on fixing minimum wages for all working class -unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled will be taken.

"The AAP government has taken this decision after reviewing the average cost incurred by a family on food, accommodation, electricity, clothing and education. We will increase the minimum wages from 30 to 40 per cent in Delhi across all sectors," he said.

An official of the Labour Department said the last revision of minimum wages in the city was done in 1994. However, the department has been notifying increase inDearness Allowance (DA) twice in a year - April and October,

which is based on All India Consumer Price Index No (CPIN). Rai said the government's move was intended to fulfillits electoral promise and improve the quality of life of labourers in the national capital.