Labour Investigation Committee (1946)||
It has already been stated in Chapter I that about 75 per cent. of the workers engaged on works in the C. P. W. D. are contractors' men. During the present enquiry it was found that the rates for contractors men do not materially differ from the department wage rates and at a : few places were actually found to be higher than the latter. The principle followed by the C. P. W. D. in the fixation of wages is generally to adopt the rate prevalent in the areas, especially those sanctioned by the Provincial Public Works Departments. It is seen that as compared to the pre-war period the rates of wages have gone up in most of the places selected for this enquiry. Dearness allowance is paid in most of the centres. The following table shows the range of earnings of skilled, semi- skilled and unskilled workers in representative divisions of the Central Public Works Departments.
Range of Earnings under C. P. W. D.
|Division||Range of earnings||Remarks|
|Skilled||Semi skilled and Unskilled|
|Bengal C. P. W. D.,
Eastern Aviation Division Bombay Aviation Division.
|Re. 1 to Rs. 2-12-0 per day. Rs. 50 to Rs. 78 per month. Rs. 1-14-0 to RE. 3-9-0 per day.||Re. 0-7-6 to Re, 0-9-6 per day, Rs. 22 to Rs. 30 per month. Re. 1 to Rs-2-2-0 per day.||Plus D. A. Gross earnings.
|Bangalore Aviation Division.||Rs, 2-8-0 per day.||Re.0-10-0 to Rs. 1-0-0 per day.||Do.
|Karachi Aviation Di||Rs. 54 to Rs. 164 per||Rs. 29 to Rs. 36||Plus D. A.|
|vision, Delhi Division||month. Rs. 2-8-0 to Rs. 3 per||per month. Re. 0-12-0 to Rs. 2-||Gross earnings.|
|day||8-0 per day.|
|Simla Central Division||Rs, 30 to Rs. 90 per||Rs. 14 to Rs. 20 per||Plus D. A.|
These, figures must be viewed in the context of the fact that permanent employees of the Central Public Works Department are entitled to-pensions like any other permanent servant of the Government under the-Civil Service Rules. As regards, "work-charged" men they have recently been made eligible, to the membership of a contributory Provident Fund Workers are generally paid monthly although casual labourers are paid every fortnight, within- four days of the wages becoming due. Where overtime is worked it is paid for at the ordinary rates except at Karachi Aviation Division where overtime is paid at one and a half times the normal rate. No fines are imposed.