Equal Pay for Equal Work : Lok Sabha QA
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES AND PENSIONS
(DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL & TRAINING)
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 505
(TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.02.2020)
EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK
505. SHRI VISHNU DAYAL RAM:
Will the PRIME MINISTER be pleased to state:
(a) whether all Government Departments/PSUs/ Corporations under the Central Government are complying with the Delhi High Court order regarding ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’ for casual workers;
(b) if not, the details thereof; and
(c) the action taken by the Government to rectify the situation?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF PERSONNEL, PUBLIC GRIEVANCES
AND PENSIONS AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
(DR. JITENDRA SINGH)
(a) to (c): In compliance of the order of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court in case of M/s Suman Forwarding Agency Pvt. Ltd, Department of Personnel & Training has issued O.M. dated 04.09.2019 reiterating the provisions of the earlier O.M. dated 07.06.1988, which are as follows:
Where the nature of work entrusted to the casual workers and regular employees is the same, the casual workers may be paid at the rate of 1/30th of the pay at the minimum of the relevant pay scale, plus dearness allowance for work of eight hours a day.
In cases where the work done by a casual worker is different from the work done by a regular employee, the casual worker may be paid only the minimum wages notified by the Ministry of Labour & Employment or by the State Government/ Union Territory Administration, whichever is higher, as per the Minimum Wages Act, 1948.
The provisions are applicable to all Ministries/Departments.