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The Minimum Wages Act 1948


ACT NO. 11 OF 1948 1*

[15th March, 1948.]

  • An Act to provide for fixing minimum rates of wages in certain employments.
  • WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for fixing minimum rates of wages in certain employments;

It is hereby enacted as follows:–

  1. Short title and extent.
  2. Interpretation.
  3. Fixing of minimum rates of wages.
  4. Minimum rate of wages.
  5. Procedure for fixing and revising minimum wages.
  6. Advisory committees and sub-committees.
  7. Advisory Board.
  8. Central Advisory Board.
  9. Composition of committees, etc.
  10. Correction of errors.
  11.  Wages in kind.
  12. Payment of minimum rates of wages.
  13. Fixing hours for a normal working day, etc.
  14. Overtime
  15. Wages of worker who works for less than normal working day
  16. Wages for two or more classes of work.
  17. Minimum time rate wages for piece work.
  18. Maintenance of registers and records.
  19. Inspectors.
  20. Claims.
  21. Single application in respect of a number of employees.
  22. Penalties for certain offences.
    • General provision for punishment of other offences.
    • ¬†Cognizance of offences.
    • Offences by companies.
    • Payment of undisbursed amounts due to employees.
    • Protection against attachment of assets of employer with Government.
    • Application of Payment of Wages Act, 1936, to scheduled employments.
  23. Exemption of employer from liability in certain cases.
  24. Bar of suits
  25. Contracting out.
  26. Exemptions and exceptions.
  27. Power of State Government to add to Schedule.
  28. Power of Central Government to give directions.
  29. Power of the Central Government to make rules.
  30. Power of appropriate Government to make rules.
  31. Rules made by Central Government to be laid before Parliament.
  32. Validation of fixation of certain minimum rates of wages.


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