Kerala state government has proposed to enact the ‘Minimum Wages Act’ for teachers in private unaided schools. In order to ensure quality education, the state Governor P Sathasivam said that this would help in attracting the best minds to the teaching profession, reported NDTV. Outlining the policy of the CPI(M)-led LDF government, the Governor this said in his customary address to the Assembly. He was addressing the Assembly on the opening day of the Budget session.
Highlighting the importance of automation, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and robotics, Sathasivam also said that these would create new jobs in future. According to him, investment in new technologies will make many current jobs obsolete and would create new jobs opportunities in coming future. He was quoted as saying that Kerala needs to invest in new technologies and borrow the best from global competition.
He said that his government had set up a 351-member ‘Loka Kerala Sabha’ with NRK (Non-resident Keralite) delegates and special invitees along with MPs and MLAs. This came in the wake of the initiatives taken for the welfare of the Kerala diaspora. The Governor reportedly said that the government is committed to support NRKs in a variety of ways. This would include awareness campaigns for safe migration, pre-departure orientation programmes, skill upgrade programmes and assistance to stranded people.
He ensured that the Kerala government is also committed to harness the goodwill and financial capabilities of expatriates in the process of modernisation and further development of the state. The budget for the new fiscal would be presented by Finance Minister Thomas Issac on February 2.
The Union Cabinet late year approved the new wage code bill which will ensure a minimum wage across all sectors by integrating four labour related laws. The proposed legislation is expected to benefit over 4 crore employees across the country. The Labour Code on Wages Bill will consolidate the Minimum Wages Act, 1948; the Payment of Wages Act, 1936; the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965; and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.