NEW DELHI: The government has revised the Rate of Minimum for Central sphere workers. The order, aimed at a different category of workers engaged in various scheduled employments in the central sphere, will be effective from October 1. The Variable Dearness Allowance is revised on the basis of the average Consumer Price Index for industrial workers (CPI-IW) a price index compiled by Labour Bureau (an attached office of Ministry of Labour and employment). The average CPI-IW for the months of January to June, 2021 was used for undertaking the latest Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) revision. Referring to the hike ahead of Diwali as a relief to workers hit by the pandemic, Union labour and employment minister Bhupender Yadav said this will benefit around 1.5 crore workers engaged in various scheduled employment in the central sphere across the country spanning the areas of Construction, maintenance of Roads, Runways, Building operations, Sweeping and cleaning, Loading and unloading, Watch and ward, Mines and Agriculture and said this is in line with Prime Minister’s vision of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas”. The rates fixed for scheduled employment in Central sphere are applicable to the establishments under the authority of Central Government, Railway Administration, Mines, Oil fields, major ports or any corporation established by the Central Government. These rates are equally applicable to contract and casual employees and workers. Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) FPS Negi said that the minimum wages (VDA) in respect of scheduled employment under central sphere is revised twice in a year i.e. April 1 and October 1 on the basis of Consumer Price Index for industrial workers released by Labour Bureau, an attached office of Ministry of Labour and Employment. Further, period under consideration for this order is from January to June, 2021 as per the Gazette Notification. The enforcement of the Minimum Wages Act in the Central sphere is ensured through the Inspecting Officers of Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) Organization across the country for employees and workers engaged in the scheduled employment in the central sphere.