Government of West Bengal fixes the minimum rates of wages in the employment of sweeping and cleaning

Jan 13, 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 sweeping and cleaning excluding activities prohibited under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Constructions of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993. 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.)

Zone A (Rs.)

Zone B (Rs.)


8,349.00 (Daily 321.00)

7,306.00 (Daily 281.00)


9,185.00 (Daily 353.00)

8,036.00 (Daily 309.00)


10,104.00 (Daily 389.00)

8,839.00 (Daily 340.00)

Ø  The classification of employees is as follows:

(i)  Unskilled workers: Sweeper, Sweeping labour, Helper, Work assistant, Door-to-door cleaner, Drain mazdoor, Tructor Labour, Garbage cleaner or Mazdoor, Conservancy Labour, Scavengers, Latrine cleaner, Drain and Garbage coolie, Safai karmachari whose work involves sweeping, cleaning and carrying operation.

(ii)    Semi-skilled workers: Auto van driver, night soil cleaner-mechanical, cesspool labour, lorry sardar conservancy supervisor, ward sardar.

(iii)   Skilled workers: Garbage tractor driver, conservancy-in-charge, drainage or sewage or engineering mazdoor, whose work involves skill or competence and who is capable of holding machines and or chemicals in a modern cleaning process.

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. 358/Stat/RW/108/568/2012/LCS/JLC]


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