Minimum Wages -- Threat from DLO, Trivandrum

Letter to DLO (E), Thiruvananthapuram


District Labour Officer (E),
Vikas Bhavan PO, Thiruvananthapuram 695033


Sub:     Revised Minimum Wages for Private Hospital Employees –
GO 135/2013/LBR – regarding

Ref:      Your Circular No. E (1) 8/2013 dated 19.11.2013


Dear Sir,

Your cited Circular has created a panic reaction among our members and so this letter.

It is true that your department promptly published GO (Ms) No. 135/2013/LBR dated 5.11.2013 and Notification No. 10505/E1/2013/LBR dated 26 June 2013 at

As a responsible Officer you must be aware of the relevant sections in Minimum Wages Act, 1948 before embarking on such irresponsible exercises to hoodwink the public, for whom you are their obedient servant – Public Servant, to be more specific.

To make things easier the relevant section is copied for your information — 12. Payment of minimum rates of wages.– (1) Where in respect of any scheduled employment a notification under section 5 is in force, the employer shall pay to every employee engaged in a scheduled employment under him wages at a rate not less than the minimum rate of wages fixed by such notification for that class of employees in that employment without any deductions except as may be authorized within such time and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.

By Notification we understand that it is something appearing in Kerala Gazette Extraordinary. We have not seen the gazette notification for Notification No. 10505/E1/2013/LBR dated 26 June 2013 yet. Your Circular cited would have been respected by us if you had mentioned the Kerala Gazette No. and/or the SRO No. of the GO. Both missing!

Kindly note that our members will ignore your circular with the contempt it deserves.

I humbly request you to become wiser with aging and try to be a better public servant. With warm regards.

Yours sincerely,

                                                                                                                                      Sd/-   Kishore (Secretary)

Kayamkulam: 7.12.2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


Circular from DLO, Tvm