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Revised Wages for Part-Time Casual Laborers in Puducherry: A Step Towards Economic Fairness

On May 13, 2024, the Finance Department of the Government of Puducherry issued a significant order that brings good news to part-time casual laborers across the Union Territory. With the latest revision in wages, effective from January 1, 2024, the government aims to address the increasing cost of living and enhance the financial well-being of its workforce.

Key Highlights of the Wage Revision

The new order, documented as G.O.Ms.No. 7/FD/F3/A2/2023-24, outlines a crucial update:

  • Previous Wages: Rs. 13,140/-
  • Revised Wages: Rs. 13,500/-

This change aligns with the enhancement of the Dearness Allowance (DA) from 46% to 50%, as per the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations. This revision reflects the government’s commitment to ensuring that wages keep pace with inflation and the rising cost of living.

Reason for the Revision

The increase in the Dearness Allowance, which is a cost of living adjustment allowance paid to government employees, was a key factor in the decision to revise wages. The allowance is intended to mitigate the impact of inflation on employees’ purchasing power. By adjusting the DA rate from 46% to 50%, the government acknowledges the financial challenges faced by its workforce and takes a step toward economic fairness.

Implementation and Compliance

The order also reiterates the importance of adhering to established guidelines regarding the engagement of part-time casual laborers. The Office Memorandum No. A.12030/1/98/F3, dated December 17, 1998, provides the foundational instructions for such engagements. The Finance Department emphasizes strict compliance with these instructions to ensure a fair and transparent process.

Distribution and Accessibility

The revised wage order has been disseminated to all Secretaries to Government, all Secretariat Departments, and all Heads of Departments and Offices. Additionally, the Director of Accounts and Treasuries, Puducherry, and the Deputy Directors of Accounts and Treasuries in Karaikal, Mahe, and Yanam have been notified. The Director of the Information & Technology Department has been tasked with uploading the order on the state website to ensure accessibility and transparency.

A Positive Step for Laborers

This wage revision is a positive step for part-time casual laborers in Puducherry. By increasing their wages, the government acknowledges their contributions and the financial pressures they face. It is a move that not only provides immediate financial relief but also sets a precedent for future adjustments in response to economic conditions.

The order, signed by S. Sivakumar, Under Secretary to Government (Finance), reflects a commitment to supporting the labor force and ensuring that their wages are fair and sufficient to meet their needs. As these changes take effect, it is hoped that the lives of many laborers in Puducherry will see tangible improvements, reinforcing the government’s role as a proactive and compassionate employer.


The Government of Puducherry’s decision to revise the wages of part-time casual laborers is a commendable step towards economic justice. By aligning wages with the increased Dearness Allowance, the government demonstrates its commitment to addressing the financial challenges faced by its workforce. This revision not only enhances the livelihoods of laborers but also strengthens the overall economic fabric of the Union Territory.

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