In poll bound Kerala, wages stayed the same at 291; changes to be

The Centre has actually effected an average 3.5% hike in day-to-day wage rate for inexperienced work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Warranty Scheme. Though on the lower side compared to recent years, authorities indicated the reality that 11% walking, amongst the most significant, was effected in 2015 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the following lockdown to offer migrant labourers a steady income.In 2019-20, the typical wage rate hike was just about 1.6%, which is lower than the present increase.In election-bound Kerala, which already has amongst the highest wage rates, MNREGA earnings stayed the same at Rs 291. The wage rates, which are revised every year, would end up being effective from April 1. Barring Kerala and Lakshadweep, which have not got any walking, the wage boost varies between Re 1 and Rs 23 in other states. In outright terms, Meghalaya has got the highest increase of Rs 23 as earnings have been increased from Rs 203 in 2020-21 to 226 in 2021-22. Daily wage rates in other states, however, remain bad, with Rajasthan getting a single rupee increase. Chhattisgarh, MP, UP and Uttarakhand have actually got a Rs 3 boost. Now, the wage rates range from Rs 193 (in Chhattisgarh and MP) to Rs 315 (in Haryana). Other election-bound states, however, have actually got a walking above the nationwide average of Rs 8. The day-to-day wage rate has been increased by Rs 11 in Assam, Rs 17 in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and Rs 9 in West Bengal.The greatest problem with MNREGA earnings is that they stay lower than the minimum wages in states. In 2020-21, MNREGA salaries were lower than minimum incomes in at least 20 states. A top-level committee set up by the rural development ministry under economist S Mahendra Dev had suggested in 2013 that the earnings under MNREGA should amount to or higher than the minimum wage in states. The panel, whose report was accepted by the government, had suggested that wage rates be modified every year on the basis of Consumer Price Index for Rural Labour (CPI-RL) as it takes into account more variables for rural areas as compared to CPI-Agriculture Labour (CPI-AL). State federal governments have complained to the Centre about the meager wage rate increases. Jharkhand’s workers had returned the Rs 5 walking in 2016-17 and Re 1 in 2017-18. Previously this year, Jharkhand government had announced that it would increase the salaries paid under MNREGA from Rs 194 (as fixed by the Centre) to Rs 225 and bear the financial concern. Jharkhand has when again got a Rs 4 boost for the next fiscal.

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