New Delhi, 21 May 2021: At a time when the country is struggling with the second wave of 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 1.4.2021.

The VDA is revised on the basis of average Consumer Price Index for industrial workers (CPI-IW) a price index compiled by Labour Bureau. The average CPI-IW for the months of July to December 2020 was used for undertaking the latest VDA revision.

Shri Santosh Gangwar, Labour & Employment Minister said “this will benefit about 1.50 crore workers engaged in various scheduled employments in central sphere across the country. This hike in VDA will support these workers particularly in the current pandemic times”.

Shri Gangwar also mentioned that orders to this effect have been issued by the CLC(C) and it will be implemented with effect from 1st April, 2021.

Rates of wages for different categories of employees

Schedule employment Category of employees Rate of wages including Variable Dearness Allowance Area wise per day (in Rupees)
Construction or maintenance of roads or runways or  building operations etc. Unskilled 645 539 431
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor 714 609 505
Skilled/Clerical 784 714 609
Highly Skilled 853 784 714
Sweeping and Cleaning  

645 539 431
Loading and Unloading workers  

645 539 431
Watch and Ward Without Arms 784 714 609
With Arms 853 784 714
Agriculture Unskilled 411 375 372
  Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor 449 413 379
  Skilled/Clerical 488 449 412
  Highly Skilled 540 502 449

For Mines employees

Category Above Ground Below Ground
Unskilled 431 539
Semi-Skilled/Unskilled Supervisor 539 645
Skilled/Clerical 645 752
Highly Skilled 752 840

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.

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