Delhi HC Quashes AAP Increase Of Minimum Wages, CM Kejriwal Calls It 'Huge Setback'

| August 5 , 2018 , 12:44 IST

The Delhi High Court on Saturday scrapped the state ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) March 2017 notification regarding the revision of minimum wages for all classes of workers in scheduled employment.

The court described the decision as violative of the constitution.

The court also said the hurried decision was taken without hearing the employees and employers and was beyond the powers of authority of the state government to revise the wages.

Not happy with the High Court decision, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was a huge setback for wage workers and will put their life under huge financial stress.

Kejriwal wrote on Twitter, “A large number of daily wage earners in Delhi started getting increased wages of Rs 13,500 pm instead of Rs 9,500 for more than a year. With HC judgement, suddenly their wages will be reduced.”

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“Some of the employers are planning to recover increased wages which they had paid for last one year since the notification has been declared void ab initio. If that starts happening, it will bring untold miseries to the poor,” Kejriwal added.

A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also set aside the 2016 notification by which a minimum wages Advisory Committee was set up for all scheduled employments.

According to the 2017 notification to revise the minimum wages, the unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled labour wages were fixed at Rs 13,500, Rs 14,698 and Rs 16,182.