VDA Minimum Wages effect from 1.4.2019 – CLC (Central) Orders

VDA Minimum Wages effect from 1.4.2019 – CLC (Central) Orders

Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) – VDA Minimum Wages effect from 1.4.2019 – Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) Orders dated 27.3.2019

Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Office of the Chief Labour Commissioner(C)
New Delhi

Dated: 27/3/2019


In exercise of the powers conferred by Central Government vide Notification No. S.O. 188(E) dated 19th January, 2017 of the Ministry of Labour and Employment the undersigned, hereby revise the rates of Variable Dearness Allowance on the basis of the average consumer price index number for the preceding period of six months ending on 31.12.2018 reaching 301.33 from 288.33 (base 2001 = 100) and thereby resulting in an increase of 13 points for Industrial Workers as under.

This order shall come into force w.e.f. 01.04.2019 :-

Category of worker Rates of V.D.A. Area wise per day (in Rupees)
Unskilled 61 50 40
Semi-Skilled/ Unskilled Supervisor 66 57 47
Skilled/ Clerical 73 66 57
Highly Skilled 79 73 66

Therefore the minimum rates of wages showing the basic rates and Variable Dearness Allowance payable w.e.f. 01 04 2019 will be as under :-

Category of worker Rates of wages including V.D.A. Area wise per day (in Rupees)
A Area B Area C Area
Unskilled 523+61=584 437+50=487 350+40=390
Semi-Skilled/ Unskilled Supervisory 579+66=645 494+57=551 410+47 =457
Skilled/Clerical 637+73=710 579+66=645 494+57=551

The VDA has been rounded off to the next higher rupee as per the decision of the Minimum Wages Central Advisory Board.

The classification of workers under different categories will be same as in Part­ I of the notification, whereas classification of cities will be same as in the Part-II of the notification dated 19th January, 2017. The present classification of cities into areas A, 8 & C is enclosed at Annexure I for ready reference.


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