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LAOS- Charter of a New Regime

fixed hours of work, limited use of child labour in agricultural operations and proper book-keeping by the farmer- employers. However, despite the existence of the Minimum Wages Act and Rules, agricultural workers in Bihar had to wait till October 16, 1970 when the first minimum wages scheme was introduced. Incidentally, that was the time when rural tensions in 'he state were threatening to reach the flashpoint. The latest scheme is an updated version of the 1970 scheme; the minimum wages stipulated earlier have been revised to take account of the rise in prices. Though the authorities have emphasised the importance of enforcement of the minimum wages stipulated, no new mea sures are proposed to achieve this. Mostly, the changes made have to do with relegating more administrative and executive powers to the existing authorities, e g, the district magistrates.

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