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Tihar inmates` wages doubled

Last Updated: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 20:31

New Delhi: Delhi government has nearly
doubled the wages earned by Tihar inmates under the Minimum
Wages Act for the work rendered by them in the jail factory.

Wages are disbursed to the Tihar inmates in three
categories -- skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers. A
skilled worker gets Rs 52 per day while semi-skilled and
unskilled labourers are daily paid Rs 44 and Rs 40

As per the instructions of the lieutenant-governor
Tejendra Khanna skilled workers will now get Rs 99 per day
while semi-skilled and unskilled labourers will now be paid Rs
81 and Rs 70 respectively, spokesperson for Tihar inmates
Sunil Gupta said.

"Their wages have nearly been doubled. This has been
done keeping in mind the welfare of the inmates. From this
amount 25 per cent will be deducted towards compensation to
victims wronged by the inmates," he said.

Sacked IPS officer Ravi Kant Sharma, who is serving
life imprisonment in the Shivani Bhatnagar murder case had
earlier written a letter to the Chief Minister where he had
sought her intervention for increasing the daily wages of all
workers to Rs 200 per day as per the laid down norms.

Gupta said, "This is not possible as a huge
expenditure is incurred by the jail during their stay here.
They learn work here and this helps them to earn better when
they have completed their prison term."


First Published: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 20:31

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