Minimum Wages Will Be Made Universal Across Employments Through The Code On Wages, 2019  

Posted On - 19 April, 2023 • By - King Stubb & Kasiva

While detailing the procedure for the calculation of minimum wages, Shri Rameshwar Teli, Minister of State and Labour Employment, on 20th March 2023, clarified in an answer to a question in Lok Sabha that the Central government revises the cost-of-living allowances called Variable Dearness Allowance (V.D.A.), biannually on 1st April and 1st October every year (last revised on 01.10.2022) based on the Consumer Price Index for industrial workers to protect against inflation. 

He further clarified that the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, governing the cost-of-living allowances will be subsumed under the Code on Wages, 2019, which makes minimum wages universally applicable across all employments, unlike the former Act which has restrictive applicability.