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West Bengal: The condition of rural laborers in Bengal is dire, daily wages are much less than the national average

A recent report ‘Handbook of Statistics on Indian States 2020-21’ published by the Reserve Bank of India shows that the daily wages of rural workers in West Bengal are lower than the national average.

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Rural laborers in West Bengal (Rural Labors) is in critical condition. Daily wage of rural workers (Daily Wages) is lower than the national average. Report- Handbook of Statistics on Indian States 2020-21 (Report-Handbook Of Statistics on Indian States) shows that the daily wage of laborers in the state is the worst among the major states of the country. The handbook divides rural workers into four categories- agricultural workers, non-farm workers, construction workers and horticultural workers. Out of the four types of workers, the wage pattern among the first three types of workers is very less.

Although Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee keeps on saying that the state government is committed to stand with farmers, agricultural workers and rural labourers, a recent report published by the Reserve Bank of India shows that the daily wage of rural workers in West Bengal is below the national average. is less than.

Daily wages are much less than other states

As far as agricultural workers are concerned, under the general agricultural labor norm in 2020-21, the daily wage rate for the rural population in West Bengal is only Rs 288.60, which is lower than the national average of Rs 309.90 during the same period. In the financial year 2019-20, the daily wage of agricultural laborers was less than Rs 267.50 per day. The daily wage of agricultural laborers in all the states is the highest at Rs 706.50 per day. In some major states like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha, the daily wage is worse than in West Bengal.

Bengal is also backward in terms of salary of construction workers

When it comes to construction workers, where the average national daily wage is Rs 340.70, the daily wage in West Bengal is Rs 300.20. There has been a slight improvement from the last financial year when the daily wage of the construction workers of the state was only Rs 290.50. Interestingly, the daily wage of construction workers is Rs 829.70 – the highest in the country. The daily wages of construction workers in four states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Tripura are less than that of West Bengal.

The daily wages of the laborers of West Bengal are poor.

The daily wages of laborers of West Bengal are poor even in non-agricultural sectors. The laborers are paid Rs 305.70 while the national average is Rs 309.1. Non-agricultural laborers in Kerala earn Rs 677.6 which is the highest in the country. Several states including Bihar, Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya have lower daily wage structures for non-farm workers than in West Bengal. He said that the state government has not taken enough initiative to ensure minimum wages for agricultural labourers. The state government has to ensure that an initiative is taken from today so that its positive impact can be felt after a few years. State Labor Minister Becharam Manna was not available for comment.

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