Security guards to get minimum monthly salary of Rs15,000: Dattatreya

Bandaru Dattatreya says armed security guards, supervisors will be classified as ‘highly skilled’ workers, which will entitle them to a minimum monthly wage of Rs25,000


A file photo of Union labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
A file photo of Union labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

New Delhi: Security guards will soon need to be given a minimum salary of Rs15,000 per month, with the government planning to classify them among ‘skilled workers’, labour minister Bandaru Dattatreya said on Wednesday.

Besides, armed security guards and supervisors will be classified as ‘highly skilled’ workers, which will entitle them to a minimum monthly wage of Rs25,000, he added.

The government’s move to link some of its flagship programmes such as Skill India, Make in India and Start-up India will help more than 50 lakh security guards.

Speaking at a conclave of private security industry organised by Ficci in New Delhi, he said the ministry will soon categorise security guards as ‘skilled’ workers and armed security guards and supervisors as ‘highly skilled’ workers, which will entitle them a minimum monthly wage of Rs15,000 and Rs25,000, respectively.

The government is pursuing labour reforms vigorously, which is part of the larger goal to link key flagship programmes such as Skill India, Make in India and Start-up India, the minister said.

“This will not only bring enhanced wages to over 50 lakh security personnel currently engaged in the private security space, but will also provide social cover to over 2.5 crore of their family members,” Dattatreya noted.

The decision will also enable private security agencies to recruit, train and employ quality workforce for the sector, which has been a demand of all stakeholders such as security agencies, corporations and the public, he added.

As part of its simplification exercise, the ministry is amalgamating 44 central labour laws into four codes, which will be referred to the Cabinet shortly. Dattatreya expressed hope that a Bill to this effect will be introduced in the next session for parliamentary approval.

The four codes relate to wages, industrial relations, social security and working conditions and health and safety

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