The government has fixed Tk 7,810 as minimum monthly wages for the rice mill workers living in the cities other than the divisional headquarters.
The minimum monthly wages for the rice mill workers living in divisional cities has been fixed at Tk 8,275.
The ministry of labour and employment issued a gazette notification on July 27, announcing the new minimum wages for the rice mills workers - more than seven years after the wages were fixed last time.
The last minimum wage for the rice mills workers was set at Tk 5,520 in 2012.
The government for the first time has incorporated an annual increment of 5.0 per cent of basic pay for the workers of the rice mills. It has also catogorised the` workers of rice mills as unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled.
According to the gazette, the government has fixed Tk 4,650 as basic wage for unskilled workers, 50 per cent of it as house rent for mills located in divisional cities and 40 per cent as house rent for mills located at other cities.
The house rent of an unskilled worker living in divisional and other cities will be Tk 2,325 and Tk 1,860 respectively.
A medical allowance of Tk 700 for all categories of workers has been fixed while Tk 400 and Tk 200 have been fixed as transport and ration allowances respectively.
A semi-skilled worker living in divisional and other cities would get Tk10,090 and Tk 9,504 as monthly minimum wage respectively.
He or she will get Tk 5,860 as basic while house rent would be Tk 2,930 and Tk 2,344 for living in divisional cities and other cities respectively.
The monthly minimum wages for a skilled worker has been fixed at Tk 11,650 and Tk 10,960 for divisional cities and other cities respectively.
The basic payment for the skilled workers would be Tk 6,900 while house rent would be Tk 3,450 and Tk 2,760 for divisional cities and other cities respectively.
The other allowances for semi- skilled and skilled workers would remain the same.
According to insiders, there were some 17,000 registered rice mills across the country and of them, the number of auto mills was 550.
More than 0.8 million workers, including 0.25 million women, are employed in the rice mills across the country.