Minimum Wages Act, 1948: Special Allowance Revised in Maharashtra w.e.f. July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. (Refer attachments)
Maharashtra state has been classified in to groups A, B, C, D and D+ according to industrial development.
Group A - Comprising the developed areas, viz. Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR).
Group B - Comprising the areas where some development has taken place
Group C - Comprising the areas, which are less developed than those at Group B
Group D - Comprising the lesser-developed areas of the State not covered under Group A / Group B / Group C.
Group D+ - Comprising those least developed areas not covered under Group A / Group B / Group C / Group D.
Zones in Maharashtra as classified by the Ministry of Labour
Zone I - Comprise of the area falling within the limits of all 'A' and 'B' class Municipal Corporations
Zone II - Comprise of the areas falling within the limits of all 'C' and 'D' class Municipal Corporation and 'A' class of Municipal Councils and Cantonment areas
Zone III - Comprise of all other areas in the state, which are not included in Zone I and Zone II
Definition of Unskilled, Semi-skilled, Skilled & Highly Skilled Workers
• Unskilled :
An unskilled employee is one who does operations that involve the performance of simple duties, which require the experience of little of no independent judgment or previous experience although familiarity with the occupational environment is necessary. His work may thus require in addition to physical exertion familiarity with variety of articles or goods.
• Semi-skilled :
A semiskilled worker is one who does work generally of defined routine nature wherein the major requirement is not so much of the judgment, skill and but for proper discharge of duties assigned to him or relatively narrow job and where important decisions made by others. His work is thus limited to the performance of routine operations of limited scope.
• Skilled :
A skilled employee is one who is capable of working efficiently of exercising considerable independent judgement and of discharging his duties with responsibility. He must posses a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the trade, craft or industry in which he is employed.
• Highly Skilled :
A highly skilled worker is one who is capable of working efficiently and supervises efficiently the work of skilled employees.
15th October 2013 From India, Mumbai