Revised VDA Rates for Stone Mines Workers

In this official order, the Chief Labour Commissioner(C) announces a revision in Variable Dearness Allowance (VOA) rates based on the average Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers, which has increased from 378.58 to 385.97 as of 30.06.2023 (Base 2016=100). This change results in a 7.39 point increase. The revised VOA rates will be effective from 01.10.2023, specifically for employees in “STONE MINES.”

Special Allowance Updates for Unskilled Stone Mines Workers – October 2023

File No. 1/8/ (7)2023 LS-II
Government of India
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Office of the Chief Labour Commissioner(C)
New Delhi

Dated: 26/9/2023


In exercise of the powers conferred by Central Government vide Notification No. S.O. 189(E) dated 19th January, 2017 of the Ministry of Labour and Employment the undersigned hereby revise the rates of Variable Dearness Allowance on the basis of the average Consumer Price Index for Industrial workers reaching 385.97 from 378.58 as on 30.06.2023 (Base 2016=100) and thereby resulting in an increase of 7.39 points . The revised Variable Dearness Allowance as under shall be payable from 01.10.2023;-

Rates of VOA for employees employed in “STONE MINES” shall be as under:-

Item of workRates of Variable Dearness Allowance as on 01.10.2023
1. Excavation & removal of over burden with 50 meters lead /1.5 meters lift. *
(i) Soft Soil
(ii) Soft Soil with rock
(iii) Rock
2. Removal and stacking of rejected stones with 50 metres lead/ 1.5 Metres lift. *Rs.125
3. Stone breaking or Stone Crushing for the Stone size of:-
1.0 inch to 1.5 inchesRs.930
Above 1.5 inches to 3.0 inchesRs.795
Above 3.0 inches to 5.0 inchesRs.469
Above 5.0 inchesRs.387

Therefore, the minimum piece rate wages showing the basic and Variable Dearness Allowance payable w.e.f. 01.10.2023 to the employees employed in Stone Mines shall be as under:-

The workers employed on minimum guaranteed time rate of wages per day shall be entitled to time rate of minimum wages plus special allowance, if any, for unskilled category of above ground workers revised from time to time by the Central Government in respect of scheduled employment in stone mines.

  • Per 2.831 cube meters (100 cubic feet)
    ** Per truck load of 5.662 cubic meters (200 cubic feet)

(Remis Tiru)
Chief Labour Commissioner(C)


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