PANAJI: Labour and Employment Minister Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate today said that the notification to revise minimum wages in the State would be hopefully issued on May 1.
Monserrate said that the draft notification would be issued with the intention of revising minimum wages with proposed rates in the State.
Later, objections and suggestions will be invited from all the stakeholders, including industries and trade unions, within 60 days from the date of notification.
The Minister said that after receiving suggestions and objections, the State government would fix the minimum wages in the State and notify them.
“The minimum wages will be revised by May 1; I will be having a meeting with CM Pramod Sawant,” he said.
Currently, the minimum wage for unskilled workers is Rs 307, and it was last revised in 2016.
Though the minimum wages are revised every three years, the State government could not revise them for the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Minister said that though he wanted to revise and fix minimum wages before Ganesh Chaturthi, it was delayed due to some factors, such as the financial impact on the State government.
“There are a large number of workers working on daily wages in various government departments, and they would also get the benefit of the revised minimum wages,” he added.