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Safai karamcharis in State to get higher wages

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Minimum wages of pourakarmikas also to be increased


Minimum wages of pourakarmikas also to be revised

Skill centre project cost to be shared by Centre, State




B.N. Bache Gowda

BANGALORE: The State Government has revised the minimum wages for various job categories.

The revised monthly wages, which came into effect from September 21, are Rs. 5,044 in grade A cities, Rs. 4,264 in grade B cities and Rs. 3,484 in grade C cities, Minister for Labour B.N. Bache Gowda told presspersons here on Thursday.

This would translate into a daily wage of Rs. 194 for grade A cities, Rs. 164 for grade B cities and Rs. 134 for grade C cities.

The wages of a safai karamchari had been fixed at Rs. 2,075.80 a month in 2005. Based on the cost inflation index, the department had revised the wages, the Minister added.

Mr. Gowda said the Government would also revise the minimum wages of pourakarmikas in local bodies, town and gram panchayats, and that a draft notification calling for objections had been issued.

It had been proposed to revise pay scales of pourakarmikas in city corporations. For city corporations, it would be Rs. 5,980 a month, city municipal corporations Rs. 5,720 and Rs. 5,200 for local bodies, he said.

The salary of pourakarmikas in urban local bodies and gram panchayats had been fixed at Rs. 2,000 in 2006.

Skill centres

The Minister said that Karnataka Multi-skill Development Centres would be set up in Bangalore and Gulbarga for helping students acquire job skills.

The centres would become operational from the next academic year with the support of the German-based GTZ.

The cost of the project was Rs. 64 crore, and the Centre and the State Government would share the cost equally.

Mr. Gowda said the centre would be opened at Bagalakunte in Bangalore and at the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board region in Gulbarga. Courses ranging from one to three years would be offered at the centres, and students who have passed SSLC, PUC or degree were eligible to receive training, he added.

The two centres would provide training and issue certificates to about 3,400 candidates a year.

These centres would become self-sustainable after four years, an official pointed out.

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