The government are talking about a higher minimum wage once again, but the current economic factors of Pakistan show that raising the minimum wage will have no benefit in real terms. Today’s minimum wage workers have far less buying power than their counterparts did in previous decades when the value of minimum wage was high. More than 50% of the population in Pakistan is living below the poverty line. If 42% of the wage goes for rent, 22% for utilities, and 13% for transportation and medication separately, then nothing is left to get food.

Most of the unskilled workers are victims of poor pay in Pakistan. The law of minimum wage is centered on the Minimum Wages Ordinance of 1961 and the Unskilled Workers Ordinance of 1969, but more needs to be done to improve the lives of people living in Pakistan.

With ever increasing inflation rates and increasing unemployment, it is important for the government to come up with measures to ease the suffering of the Pakistani people. The government should also ease the burden by lowering taxes on basic commodities. This will allow the population to easily afford food and other utilities.

Naukhaiz Chaudhry,

Lahore, June 14.