New Delhi: At a time when the country is struggling with Covid-19 pandemic, in a major relief to different category of workers engaged in various scheduled employments in the central sphere, the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India has notified and revised the rate of Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) with effect from 1.10.2021.

The VDA is revised on the basis of average Consumer Price Index for industrial workers (CPI-IW) a price index compiled by Labour Bureau (an attached office of Ministry of Labour & Employment). The average CPI-IW for the months of January to June, 2021 was used for undertaking the latest Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) revision.

Union minister of labour & employment Bhupender Yadave said that this will benefit around 1.5 crore workers engaged in various scheduled employment in the central sphere across the country i.e. (a) Construction, maintenance of Roads, Runways, Building operations etc.; (b) Sweeping and cleaning; (c) Loading and unloading; (d) Watch and ward; (e) Mines & (f) Agriculture and said that this is in line with Prime Minister’s vision of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas” and this increase will be effective from 1st October, 2021 and wished all the nation builders greetings of Happy

The move will benefit around 1.50 crore workers engaged in various scheduled employments in central sphere across the country. This

hike in Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) will support these workers particularly in the current pandemic times.

Rates of wages for different categories of employees

Schedule employmentCategory of employeesRate of wages including Variable Dearness Allowance Area wise per day (in Rupees)
Construction or maintenance of roads or runways or  building operations etc.Unskilled654546437
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor724617512
Highly Skilled864795724
Sweeping and Cleaning —654546437
Loading and Unloading workers —654546437
Watch and WardWithout Arms795724617
With Arms864795724
 Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor455419384
 Highly Skilled547509455

For Mines employees

CategoryAbove GroundBelow Ground
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor546654
Highly Skilled762851

The rates fixed for scheduled employment in Central sphere are applicable to the establishments under the authority of Central Government, Railway Administration, Mines, Oil fields, major ports or any corporation established by the Central Government. These rates are equally applicable to contract and casual employees/workers.

Shri D.P.S.Negi, Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) said that the minimum wages (VDA) in respect of scheduled employment under central sphere is revised twice in a year i.e. 1st April and 1st October on the basis of Consumer Price Index for industrial workers released by Labour Bureau, an attached office of Ministry of Labour & Employment.  Further, period under consideration for this order is from January to June, 2021 as per the Gazette Notification. 

The enforcement of Minimum Wages Act in the Central sphere is ensured through the Inspecting Officers of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) Organization across the country for employees/workers engaged in the scheduled employment in the central sphere.