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New Wage Rate Index collection launched; base yr revised to 2016 from 1963-65

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Nov 24, 2021

Ministry of Labour on Wednesday released a new series of Wage Rate Index (WRI) with base year 2016, being compiled and maintained by the Labour Bureau, an attached office of the ministry.
The new series of WRI with base 2016=100 will replace the old series with base 1963-65, a labour ministry statement said.
The government periodically revises the base year for major economic indicators to reflect the changes in the economy and to capture the wage pattern of workers, it said.
Thus, as per the recommendations of International Labour Organization, National Statistical Commission etc, the base year of WRI numbers has been revised from 1963-65 to 2016 by the Labour Bureau to enhance the coverage and to make index more representative.
The new series of WRI has increased the scope and coverage in terms of number of industries, sample size, occupations under selected industries, weightage of industries etc.
Professor S P Mukherjee and other members of the expert group on Minimum Wages &

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