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Govt sets minimum wage of workers at Rs 13,450 a month

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KATHMANDU — The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security has fixed Rs 13,450 as the minimum monthly wage of labourers effective from fiscal year 2018/19.

Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Gokarna Bista on Monday organised a press meet to make the announcement on the recommendation of Minimum Wage Determination Committee. The minimum wage will be implemented from July 17, said Minister Bista.

Speaking to the media personnel, Minister for Labour Gokarna Raj Bista said that the rate of salary increment of the workers is higher this time compared to the past increments.

The decision was taken as per the trilateral discussions held between employers, representatives of trade unions and government.

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The employer, in a meeting held on Sunday, agreed to increase the monthly wage of Rs 12,500, proposed by them, to Rs 13,450. The trade union had lowered their demand of monthly salary to Rs 14,500 from Rs 17,000.

According to the government decision, the daily minimum wage will be Rs 517 and hourly minimum wage has been set at Rs 69.

On the occasion, Chairwoman of the Committee, Bhawani Rana, said it was imperative that the trade union should join hands for effective implementation of minimum wage rule.

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Dahal stresses on prosperity

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CHITWAN — Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) chairman and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has stressed on development and prosperity of the nation.

Chairman Dahal argued to make the agro market modern and consumer friendly while inaugurating the Agriculture Promotion Market here on Sunday.

On another note, former PM Dahal said that Chitwan Metropolis City should be made exemplary in development after constructing the ring roads along the Narayani and Rapti rivers.

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Speaking in the same programme, CPN leader and former Finance Minister Surendra Pandey opined to develop at least one pocket area for one product to make the nation self reliance in food grains.

The market was constructed in the investment of 66 businesspersons. A total of Rs 140 million has been spent so far for the construction, according to Thir Prasad Dhital, managing director at the market.

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