Shimla: The Centre is contemplating to
give two instalments of DA to workers employed under national
flagship scheme MNREGA on the pattern of DA paid to government
employees and increase the guaranted job days from 100 to 150,
Union Minister of State for Labour Harish Rawat said on Saturday.
Talking to mediapersons here, he said more programmes
like water harvesting would be covered under MNREGA.
Rawat said government was actively considering bringing
Minimum Wage Legislation and amend the Central Labour
Regulation and Abolition Act and registration of laboures and
contractors would be mandatory under the new laws.
The union government was also in process of filling 6
lakh newly created vacant posts in the country and targeted to
provide job opportunities to 5.80 crore new beneficiaries, he
said adding 6.86 crore jobs opportunity had already been
provided under MNREGA in the country.
Rawat said government was committed to ensuring minimum
wages to 48 crore-odd workers, out of which 94 per cent were
in the unorganized sector.
He said that in order to protect the interests of workers
in unorganised sector and ensure them minimum wages, the
government would enact the minimum wages statues, amend the
existing labour laws and also bring new legislations.
Urging the state governments to notify more hospital
under Employee Insurance Scheme (ESI), he said the Labour
Ministry was implementing the scheme on a priority basis.