Government of West Bengal fixes the minimum rates of wages in the employment of Bidi Leaf Plucking

Jan 07, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Labour Compliance

The State Government of West Bengal on December 27, 2019, has fixed the minimum rates of wages in the employment of Bidi Leaf Plucking. These rates will be effective for the period from January 01, 2020 to June 30, 2020.

Categories of Employees

Monthly Minimum Rates of Wages (Rs.)

1 Full-time workers

      (a)    Unskilled

      (b)    Semi-skilled

      (c)     Skilled


6,430.00 (Daily 247.00)

7,074.00 (Daily 272.00)

7,783.00 (Daily 299.00)

2 Part-time workers

      (a)    Munshi

      (b)    Moto/Paltai Labour

      (c)     Others


3,215.00 (Daily 124.00)

2,143.00 (Daily 82.00)

3,215.00 (Daily 124.00)

3 Piece-rated workers

      (a)    Plucker

      (b)    Processor

      (c)     Packer

      (d)    Packing Coolie


29.13 (per 100 leaves)

23.30 (per 3Kg. bundle Rs. 12.00)

11.65 (per 50 kg. bag Rs. 6.00)

11.65 (per 50kg. bag Rs. 6.00)


Ø  A normal working day shall consist of eight and half hours of work including interval for half-an-hour for rest.

Ø  One day in any period of 7 days shall be the day of weekly rest. Further, the minimum rates of wages include the wages for weekly day of rest.

Ø  The minimum rates of wages are applicable to employees employed by contractors also. For disabled persons minimum rates of wages shall be same as payable to the workers of appropriate category.

Ø  The men and women employees shall get the same rates of wages for the same work or work of similar nature.

[Circular No. 363/Stat/2RW/59/2002/LCS/JLC]



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