Kolkata, 26/2: In a major development, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has hiked the minimum wages for laborers. The announcement from the CM came an hour before the model code of conduct could be implemented.
The model of code of conduct, which prohibits the state government from making any new policy announcements is implemented as soon as poll dates are announced. The Election Commission announced the election dates in 4 states including West Bengal and one UT today at 4.30 pm.
“A total of 56,500 workers (40,500 unskilled, 8000 semi-skilled, 8000 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”, she Tweeted.