Delhi government to restart minimum wage talks

Delhi government to restart minimum wage talks: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s plan to hike minimum monthly wages by 50 per cent to around Rs. 14,000 for workers in Delhi has been scrapped in its current form.Following a diktat from Lieutenant Governor...

My response:

Obstructing governance

This refers to the report “Delhi govt. to restart minimum wage talks” (The Hindu, September 18). This is another instance where the relationship issues between Delhi Lieutenant Governor(LG) Najeeb Jung and AAP has stalled a measure which would have benefited several workers in the unorganised sector in the state of Delhi. The pro-corporate stance of the LG is coming to the fore. It is unfortunate that a progressive measure like revision of minimum wage is getting sandwiched between the egos of an
individual and a political leadership. If LG is acting under pressure from above, it will further strengthen the case of incumbent Chief Minister Kejriwal who is demanding full-fledged statehood for Delhi.
Centre should, in the prevailing circumstances, appoint a more competent person as Delhi LG who will act as a buffer between the state government and the Centre by being impartial and convincing while carrying out his constitutional responsibilities. The perennial hindrance being caused to governance being caused by Najeeb Jung belittles the image of the post he holds.

G Warrier, Mumbai


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