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State Hikes Minimum Wage

Bhubaneswar: With the beginning of the new financial year, the State Government has revised minimum daily wages of unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and highly-skilled labourers in the State.

According to an official notification issued by the State Labour Commissioner Dr N. Thirumala Naik, the daily wages of the labourers has been increased by hiking their Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) by Rs 12.

 N Thirumala Naik, Labour Commissioner, Odisha in exercise of the powers delegated in the aforesaid Notification do hereby notify that the Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) @ Rs. 12 per day (after rounding off) shall be payable to the unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled and highly skilled categories of employees in all 89 scheduled employments w.e.f. 1st April, 2023 in addition to the minimum rate of wages.

With the hike in VDA, the minimum daily wages for unskilled, semi-skilled, skilled, and highly skilled workers have been increased to Rs 345, Rs 385, Rs 435 and Rs 495, respectively, with effect from April 1, 2023.

The variable dearness allowance is being revised every six months in the interest of the labourers. The State Government has been providing focused attention and efforts towards skilling the workforce in Odisha.

The State Government has been revising the daily wages as per the advice of Stated Minimum Wages Advisory Board, which had asked the State to adopt a system of revision of the special allowance called VDA @ 0.90 per point rise in the Consumer Price Index Number for industrial workers (base 2001-100) as admissible and shall be declared at half yearly interval (April 1 and October 1) from the date of notification of revised wages, starting from April 1, 2019.