DELHI:EROS TIMES: I have been receiving constant calls and requests for my reaction on the decision of a division bench of Honorable Delhi High Court setting aside the notifications for formation of the committee to revise minimum wages in Delhi and the recommendations of this committee.
My reaction is as follows :
The Delhi government disagrees with the hon’ble Delhi High Court verdict and views with extreme disappointment the erroneous conclusion arrived at by the court, after having heard the matter for almost a year and a half, and after having kept the verdict reserved for many months.
Delhi government is committed to ensure a life of dignity for workers earning their livelihood in the national capital, and will take recourse to all remedies available to it for effectively enforcing minimum wages in all sectors.
The government is studying the High Court verdict and will arrive at a conclusion very soon on how to ensure the implementation of revised higher minimum wages for workers in all categories.
I have convened a meeting of the Labour Department on Monday to decide the future course of action, including the next legal remedy available to the government.
The implementation of higher wages for workers already has been delayed by many years due to various reasons, including the needless objections by the previous hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, and later by the hon’ble High Court’s direction of not taking any coercive action against those not paying minimum wages to workers.
It is beyond any reasonable understanding as to how a decision to recommend revised higher wages for workers, which was taken after atleast seven meeting spanning over six months could be termed as “hurried.”
Delhi government will continue its struggle for ensuring a better life for workers and all sections of the society.