Government of West Bengal fixes the minimum rates of wages in the employment of rice mill

Jan 20, 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 rice mill. 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.)


6,430.00 (Daily 247.00)



7,074.00  (Daily 272.00)


7,783.00  (Daily 299.00)

Highly Skilled

8,561.00  (Daily 329.00)

Ø  The classification of employees is as follows:

(i)        Unskilled workers: Coolie of all types such as coolie for loading, unloading, stacking, marking, boiling, bagging, unpacking, weighing, drying paddy, sewing, haller-coolie, chatal coolie, peon, bearer, durwan and similar other workers.

(ii)                Semi-skilled workers: Hushman, khalasi and similar other workers.

(iii)               Skilled workers: Mistry, mechanic, fitter, tindal or engine driver, machineman or hallerman, fireman, boiler attendant and similar other workers.

(iv)               Highly Skilled workers: Sardars, sardarnies, supervisors, accountant, cashier and similar other workers.

Ø  There will be only one rate of minimum wage for the whole of West Bengal.

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. 370/Stat/2RW/19/94/LCS/JLC]


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