Mamata Banerjee announces hike in daily wages for labourers
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday (February 26) announced a hike in wages of daily wage workers under the state's urban employment scheme.
Banerjee said a total of 56,500 workers (40,500 unskilled, 8,000 semi-skilled, 8,000 skilled) will be benefited from this hike.
The CM tweeted, “I am pleased to announce a hike in the wages of daily wage workers under WB Urban Employment Scheme: To ₹ 202 per day from ₹ 144 earlier for unskilled labour, to ₹ 303 from ₹ 172 earlier for semi-skilled, ₹ 404 for skilled labour (new category introduced).”
In another tweet, Banerjee said, “A total of 56,500 workers (40,500 unskilled, 8,000 semi-skilled, 8,000 skilled) will benefit from this. These wages are in parity with rural workers' enhanced pay (MNREGA unskilled & semi-skilled). Budget provision for this step has been made available for both FY21 & FY22.”
The announcement came on the day when the Election Commission announced the Assembly election dates of five states/Union Territory including West Bengal.
BJP is the biggest challenge for the ruling TMC party in West Bengal. Mamata’s party still holds an edge for now but this could change by the end of the election campaign.