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Ahead of poll date announcement, Mamata Banerjee hikes wages for daily wage labourers

Feb 26, 2021 16:46 IST

Ahead of the Election Commission's announcement of assembly poll dates in 5 states, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a hike in the wages of daily wage workers under the West Bengal Urban Employment Scheme.

In a series of tweets, Mamata said, wages have been increased to ₹202 per day from ₹144 earlier for unskilled labourers, while the hike for semi-skilled labourers has been revised to ₹303 from ₹172 earlier. A new category has been introduced for skilled labour, whose wage has been fixed at ₹404 per day.

Mamata Banerjee said a total of 56,500 workers in Bengal will benefit from the move. She added that these wages are in parity with rural workers’ enhanced pay (MNREGA unskilled & semi-skilled). Budget provision for this step has been made available for both FY21 & FY22.