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Arunachal Govt to take up labourer wage hike

By The Assam Tribune

ITANAGAR, March 11 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has assured the State Assembly to take up in the Cabinet the issue of wage hike for labourers.

Responding to a recent private member�s resolution moved by former CM Nabam Tuki, Khandu said that he had already received memoranda from labour unions and asked the Finance department to examine it.

Khandu also urged Tuki to withdraw the resolution, which he did. Earlier, moving the resolution, Tuki, the lone Congress member in the House, urged the government to revise the minimum wage of casual and contingency workers to Rs 600 per day.

Participating in the discussion, Labour & Employment Minister Kumar Waii said that labour laws prescribed wage review every five years but the State Government reviewed it three-four times in the past five years.

�The wages provided to labourers in the State is higher than other Northeastern States,� he said.

Still, the Cabinet would examine the issue of wage hike in consultation with experts, Waii said. � PTI

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