Minimum Wages in West Bengal 2020

Minimum Wages in West Bengal 2020/ West Bengal Minimum Wages

Every year the Labour Department, Government of West Bengal fixes the Minimum Wages in West Bengal for the employees of different sectors across West Bengal. The Minimum Wages in West Bengal is fixed twice every year effective from January to June and July to December.

This year also, the Labour department has fixed the Minimum Wages in West Bengal for the different class of employees vide Circular dated 27.12.2019. The Labour department has published the Minimum Wages West Bengal for 93 scheduled employments w.e.f January 2020 to June 2020 in their website below Finger Down-ArthikDisha

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In this post on West Bengal Minimum Wages, I will provide information on 5 most important sectors out of the total 93 scheduled types of employments.

5 most important sectors out of the total 93 scheduled types of employments are as follows:

#1.Minimum Wages in West Bengal- Security Services,

#2.Minimum Wages in West Bengal- Manufacturing Sectors/ Factories;

#3.Minimum Wages in West Bengal- Construction & Maintenance of roads or Buildings;

#4.Minimum Wages in West Bengal- Hotels & Restaurants including Boarding & Eating Houses containing less than 20 workers;

#5.Minimum Wages in West Bengal-Bought Tea Leaf Factories;

1. Minimum Wages in West Bengal- Security Services

Vide Circular No-352 Dated 27.12.2019, the Labour Department, Government of West Bengal has fixed the minimum wages in West Bengal for Security Services from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020.

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Now, let’s see the monthly and daily minimum wages rates applicable from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020.

Minimum Wages in West Bengal for Security Services
Employees CategoryMonthly Minimum
Rates of Wages
Monthly Minimum
Rates of Wages
Daily Rates of Wages Daily Rates of Wages
Zone A (Rs.) Zone B (Rs.) Zone A (Rs.) Zone B
(Rs.)
Unskilled83497306321281
Semi-Skilled91858036353309
Skilled101048839389340

The classification of employees has been done as follows:

  • Unskilled workers- Security Guard, Watchman, Darwan;
  • Semi-Skilled workers- Unskilled Supervisor;
  • Skilled workers- Gunman, Guard with firearms, Field Supervisor, Marketing personnel, Clerk, Accountant, Cashier.

Areas under Zone A: (i)Areas notified under Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), (ii)Asansol Municipal Corporation, (iii)Durgapur Municipal Corporation, (iv)Siliguri Municipal Corporation, (v)Digha-Shankarpur Development Authority, (vi)Thermal Power plant areas including Township areas,

(vii)All the Municipal areas under different Districts, (viii)All the Sub-divisions in the District of Howrah, Hoogly, Burdwan and 24 Parganas(N)(excluding Barasat and Bashirhat), (ix)Alipur Sub-Division and Baruipur Sub-division in the District Of 24 Parganas(S),

(x)Midnapore Sadar Sub-Division and Kharagpur Sub-division in the District Of West Midnapore, (xi)Siliguri Sub-division in the District Of Darjeeling, (xii)Bankura Sub-division and Bisnupur Sub-division in the District Of Bankura, and (xiii)Raghunathpur Sub-division in the District of Purulia.

Areas under Zone B: Rest of the West Bengal.

The following points have been considered while deciding the above rates:

  • To arrive at daily rates monthly rates shall have to be divided by 26 and to be rounded off to the nearest rupee and to arrive at weekly rates monthly rates shall have to be multiplied by 6;
  • A normal working day shall consist of eight and half hours of work including an interval for half-an-hour for rest;
  • One day in any period of seven days may suit the local convenience shall be the day of weekly rest;
  • The minimum rates of wages include the wages for a weekly day of rest. Payment for work done on the day of weekly rest and work done beyond the normal working hours shall be double the ordinary rates of wages;
  • Where the existing rates of wages of any employee based on contract or agreement or otherwise are higher than the rates notified herein, the higher rates shall be protected and treated as minimum rates of wages applicable for the purpose this notification to such employees;
  • The minimum rates of wages are applicable to employees employed by the contractors also;
  • The minimum rates of wages for disabled persons shall be the same as payable to the workers of the appropriate category;
  • The men and women employees shall get the same rates of wages for the same work or work of a similar nature;
  • The minimum rates of wages and the Variable Dearness Allowance, if any, both together shall constitute the minimum rates of wages to be enforceable under The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (11 of 1948).

2. Minimum Wages in West Bengal- Manufacturing Sectors/ Factories

Vide Circular No-299 Dated 27.12.2019, the Labour Department, Government of West Bengal has fixed the minimum wages in West Bengal for Manufacturing Sectors/ Factories from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020.

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Now, let’s see the monthly and daily minimum wages rates applicable from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020.

Minimum Wages in West Bengal-Factories
Employees CategoryMonthly Minimum
Rates of Wages
Monthly Minimum
Rates of Wages
Daily Rates of Wages Daily Rates of Wages
Zone A (Rs.) Zone B (Rs.) Zone A (Rs.) Zone B
(Rs.)
Unskilled83497307321281

Areas under Zone A: Areas notified under Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, Notified Areas/ Authorities, Development Authorities, (vi)Thermal Power plant areas including Industrial Township areas.

Areas under Zone B: Rest of the West Bengal.

The following points have been considered while deciding the above rates:

  • To arrive at daily rates monthly rates shall have to be divided by 26 and to be rounded off to the nearest rupee and to arrive at weekly rates monthly rates shall have to be multiplied by 6;
  • A normal working day shall consist of eight and half hours of work including an interval for half-an-hour for rest;
  • One day in any period of seven days may suit the local convenience shall be the day of weekly rest;
  • The minimum rates of wages include the wages for a weekly day of rest. Payment for work done on the day of weekly rest and work done beyond the normal working hours shall be double the ordinary rates of wages;
  • Where the existing rates of wages of any employee based on contract or agreement or otherwise are higher than the rates notified herein, the higher rates shall be protected and treated as minimum rates of wages applicable for the purpose this notification to such employees;
  • The minimum rates of wages are applicable to employees employed by the contractors also;
  • The minimum rates of wages for disabled persons shall be the same as payable to the workers of the appropriate category;
  • The men and women employees shall get the same rates of wages for the same work or work of a similar nature;
  • The minimum rates of wages and the Variable Dearness Allowance, if any, both together shall constitute the minimum rates of wages to be enforceable under The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (11 of 1948).

3. Minimum Wages in West Bengal- Construction & Maintenance of roads or Buildings

Vide Circular No-315 Dated 27.12.2019, the Labour Department, Government of West Bengal has fixed the minimum wages in West Bengal for Construction & Maintenance of roads or Buildings from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020.

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Now, let’s see the monthly and daily minimum wages rates applicable from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020.

Minimum Wages in West Bengal for Construction & Maintenance of Roads or Buildings
Employees CategoryMonthly Minimum
Rates of Wages
Monthly Minimum
Rates of Wages
Daily Rates of Wages Daily Rates of Wages
Zone A (Rs.) Zone B (Rs.) Zone A (Rs.) Zone B
(Rs.)
Unskilled83497306321281
Semi-Skilled91858036353309
Skilled 101048839389340
Highly Skilled 111139725427374

Areas under Zone A: (i)Areas notified under Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), (ii)Asansol Municipal Corporation, (iii)Durgapur Municipal Corporation, (iv)Siliguri Municipal Corporation, (v)Digha-Shankarpur Development Authority, (vi)Thermal Power plant areas including Township areas,

(vii)All the Municipal areas under different Districts, (viii)All the Sub-divisions in the District of Howrah, Hoogly, Burdwan and 24 Parganas(N)(excluding Barasat and Bashirhat), (ix)Alipur Sub-Division and Baruipur Sub-division in the District Of 24 Parganas(S),

(x)Midnapore Sadar Sub-Division and Kharagpur Sub-division in the District Of West Midnapore, (xi)Siliguri Sub-division in the District Of Darjeeling, (xii)Bankura Sub-division and Bisnupur Sub-division in the District Of Bankura, and (xiii)Raghunathpur Sub-division in the District of Purulia.

Areas under Zone B: Rest of the West Bengal.

The following points have been considered while deciding the above rates:

  • To arrive at daily rates monthly rates shall have to be divided by 26 and to be rounded off to the nearest rupee and to arrive at weekly rates monthly rates shall have to be multiplied by 6;
  • A normal working day shall consist of eight and half hours of work including an interval for half-an-hour for rest;
  • One day in any period of seven days may suit the local convenience shall be the day of weekly rest;
  • The minimum rates of wages include the wages for a weekly day of rest. Payment for work done on the day of weekly rest and work done beyond the normal working hours shall be double the ordinary rates of wages;
  • Where the existing rates of wages of any employee based on contract or agreement or otherwise are higher than the rates notified herein, the higher rates shall be protected and treated as minimum rates of wages applicable for the purpose this notification to such employees;
  • The minimum rates of wages are applicable to employees employed by the contractors also;
  • The minimum rates of wages for disabled persons shall be the same as payable to the workers of the appropriate category;
  • The men and women employees shall get the same rates of wages for the same work or work of a similar nature;
  • The minimum rates of wages and the Variable Dearness Allowance, if any, both together shall constitute the minimum rates of wages to be enforceable under The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (11 of 1948).

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4. Minimum Wages in West Bengal- Hotels & Restaurants including Boarding & Eating Houses

Vide Circular No-328 Dated 27.12.2019, the Labour Department, Government of West Bengal has fixed the minimum wages in West Bengal for Hotels & Restaurants including Boarding & Eating Houses from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020.

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Now, let’s see the monthly and daily minimum wages rates applicable from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020.

Minimum Wages in West Bengal for Hotels & Restaurants including Boarding & Eating Houses
Employees CategoryMonthly Minimum
Rates of Wages
Monthly Minimum
Rates of Wages
Daily Rates of Wages Daily Rates of Wages
Zone A (Rs.) Zone B (Rs.) Zone A (Rs.) Zone B
(Rs.)
Unskilled83497306321281
Semi-Skilled91858036353309
Skilled 101048839389340
Highly Skilled 111139725427374

The classification of employees has been done as follows:

  • Unskilled workers- Table boy, Kitchen helper, Sweeper/Cleaner, Housekeeping boy, Waiter and Security Guard;
  • Semi-Skilled workers- Tea maker, Steward, Cook and Ice cream maker;
  • Skilled workers- Senior Cook, Receptionist, Storekeeper, Junior Clerk/Typist and Computer operator, 
  • Highly Skilled workers-Kitchen master, Head Cook, Clerk, Accountant, Cashier, Senior Clerk.

Areas under Zone A: (i)Areas notified under Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), (ii)Asansol Municipal Corporation, (iii)Durgapur Municipal Corporation, (iv)Siliguri Municipal Corporation, (v)Digha-Shankarpur Development Authority, (vi)Thermal Power plant areas including Township areas,

(vii)All the Municipal areas under different Districts, (viii)All the Sub-divisions in the District of Howrah, Hoogly, Burdwan and 24 Parganas(N)(excluding Barasat and Bashirhat), (ix)Alipur Sub-Division and Baruipur Sub-division in the District Of 24 Parganas(S),

(x)Midnapore Sadar Sub-Division and Kharagpur Sub-division in the District Of West Midnapore, (xi)Siliguri Sub-division in the District Of Darjeeling, (xii)Bankura Sub-division and Bisnupur Sub-division in the District Of Bankura, and (xiii)Raghunathpur Sub-division in the District of Purulia.

Areas under Zone B: Rest of the West Bengal.

The following points have been considered while deciding the above rates:

  • To arrive at daily rates monthly rates shall have to be divided by 26 and to be rounded off to the nearest rupee and to arrive at weekly rates monthly rates shall have to be multiplied by 6;
  • A normal working day shall consist of eight and half hours of work including an interval for half-an-hour for rest;
  • One day in any period of seven days may suit the local convenience shall be the day of weekly rest;
  • The minimum rates of wages include the wages for a weekly day of rest. Payment for work done on the day of weekly rest and work done beyond the normal working hours shall be double the ordinary rates of wages;
  • Where the existing rates of wages of any employee based on contract or agreement or otherwise are higher than the rates notified herein, the higher rates shall be protected and treated as minimum rates of wages applicable for the purpose this notification to such employees;
  • The minimum rates of wages are applicable to employees employed by the contractors also;
  • The minimum rates of wages for disabled persons shall be the same as payable to the workers of the appropriate category;
  • The men and women employees shall get the same rates of wages for the same work or work of a similar nature;
  • The minimum rates of wages and the Variable Dearness Allowance, if any, both together shall constitute the minimum rates of wages to be enforceable under The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (11 of 1948).

5. Minimum Wages in West Bengal- Bought Tea Leaf Factory

Vide Circular No-307 Dated 27.12.2019, the Labour Department, Government of West Bengal has fixed the minimum wages in West Bengal for Bought Tea Leaf Factory from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020.

Download the PDF CircularDownload Here

Now, let’s see the monthly and daily minimum wages rates applicable from 1st January 2020 to 30th June 2020.

Minimum Wages in West Bengal for Bought Tea Leaf Factory
Employees CategoryMonthly Minimum
Rates of Wages
Monthly Minimum
Rates of Wages
Daily Rates of WagesDaily Rates of Wages
Zone A (Rs.)Zone B (Rs.)Zone A (Rs.)Zone B
(Rs.)
Unskilled83497307321281

Areas under Zone A: Areas notified under Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, Notified Areas/ Authorities, Development Authorities, (vi)Thermal Power plant areas including Industrial Township areas.

Areas under Zone B: Rest of the West Bengal.

The following points have been considered while deciding the above rates:

  • To arrive at daily rates monthly rates shall have to be divided by 26 and to be rounded off to the nearest rupee and to arrive at weekly rates monthly rates shall have to be multiplied by 6;
  • A normal working day shall consist of eight and half hours of work including an interval for half-an-hour for rest;
  • One day in any period of seven days may suit the local convenience shall be the day of weekly rest;
  • The minimum rates of wages include the wages for a weekly day of rest. Payment for work done on the day of weekly rest and work done beyond the normal working hours shall be double the ordinary rates of wages;
  • Where the existing rates of wages of any employee based on contract or agreement or otherwise are higher than the rates notified herein, the higher rates shall be protected and treated as minimum rates of wages applicable for the purpose this notification to such employees;
  • The minimum rates of wages are applicable to employees employed by the contractors also;
  • The minimum rates of wages for disabled persons shall be the same as payable to the workers of the appropriate category;
  • The men and women employees shall get the same rates of wages for the same work or work of a similar nature;
  • The minimum rates of wages and the Variable Dearness Allowance, if any, both together shall constitute the minimum rates of wages to be enforceable under The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 (11 of 1948).

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