On Thursday Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government wants to make minimum wage universal to all workers under a new code.
This announcement was made in the second tranche of the Rs 20 lakh crore economic stimulus. She also ensured that workers’ welfare remains their top agenda.
‘We want to make the right to minimum wage universal,’ she said, adding, currently minimum wage covers only about 30 percent of the workforce and the government wants to bring gig economy workers under social security net.
She also said that the government wants to remove regional disparity in regional wage and is working towards a ‘national floor wage’ concept. Moreover, the government is also looking for making it mandatory to have ESIC coverage for the workers working in hazardous industries.
The Finance minister in the press conference also informed that 44 labor acts have been narrowed with extensive discussions and consultation into 4 codes.
Talking about women laborers, she said that all occupations should be open for women with night working rights with safeguards.
She also announced that the government will supply free food to eight crore migrants in the country for the next two months. And also several new reforms for the unorganized workers.
She further announced that the government will also launch a scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY) for urban poor and the migrant workers who are facing rental challenges. This scheme will provide them with ease of living at an affordable cost.