Revised Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA – Minimum Wages) for Agriculture employees from April 2020

File No.1/VDA(1)/2020-LS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Office of the Chief Labour Commissioner(C)
New Delhi

Dated: 08/5/2020


In exercise of the powers conferred by Central Government vide Notification No. S.O.186(E) dated 19th January, 2017 of the Ministry of Labour and Employment the undersigned hereby revise the rates of Variable Dearness Allowance for the employees employed in Agriculture w.e.f. 01.04 .2020 on the basis of the average Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers reaching 324 from 310.83 as on 31.12.2019 (Base 2001- 100) and thereby resulting in an increase of 13.17 points. The revised Variable Dearness Allowance as under shall be payable from 01.04.2020:-

Category of workerRates of V.D.A. Area wise per day
(in Rupees)
Semi-Skilled/ Unskilled Supervisor746762
Skilled Clerical807467
Highly Skilled888274

Therefore, the minimum rates of wages including the basic rates and Variable Dearness Allowance payable w.e.f. 01.04.2020 to the employees working in Agriculture shall be as under:-

Category of workerRates of wages including V.D.A. Area wise per day
(in Rupees)
Semi-Skilled / Unskilled Supervisory364+74=438335+67=402307+62=369
Skilled /Clerical395+80=475364+74=438334+67=401
Highly Skilled438+88=526407+82=489364+74=438

The VDA has been rounded off to the next higher rupee as per the decision of the Minimum Wages Advisory Board.

The classification of workers under different categories will be same as in Part-I of the notification, whereas classification of cities will be same as in the Part­ II of the notification dated 19th January, 2017. The present classification of cities into areas A, B & C is enclosed at Annexure I for ready reference.


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