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Punjab increases workers minimum wage by Rs2,000

April 28, 2021

LAHORE: The Punjab government has increased the minimum monthly wage of workers by Rs2,000. It has been increased from Rs17,500 to Rs19,500 while the minimum daily wage has been fixed at Rs750.

Punjab Minimum Wages Board issued a notification in this regard here on Tuesday. The increase will take effect on July 1 this year. The board had asked the stakeholders to make their suggestions and objections known within a month regarding the increase in wages of labourers.

Labour Minister Ansar Majeed said the Labour Department is providing health, education and housing facilities to workers in the province. Social security hospitals are being set up in Sargodha, Taunsa and Faisalabad to facilitate workers while computerised social security health cards have been issued to registered workers.

The minister said the monthly contribution of Rs40 from the workers has been abolished. “The workers have been given relief of Rs4.5 billion per annum while the industrialists have been given relief of Rs5.5 billion in the form of social security fines. Quality education is being provided to 55,000 children of labourers in schools. IT reforms have enhanced the efficiency of the department by ensuring transparency in departmental affairs,” the minister said.