Though the Govt. of Odisha tried infusing a higher minimum wage rate, it is not being practiced in real world. Most of the jobs, which have been created in Odisha of late are contractual in nature thus the steady upwardly move in wages is not witnessed.
Contrary to the real facts on the ground, the Govt. of Odisha is desperately trying to propagate that people facing a cost-of-living crisis have never had it so good. Many call it a cruel joke by the Govt. of Odisha.
The study over living standards in Odisha has focused on the highest and lowest pay scales. However factors such as education, medical care, transportation, food prices etc too must be dragged into the study because these are real indicators of living standards.
Considering 2014 is an election year, it is likely that the living standards would begin to marginally rise later this year, but a strong recovery over the next few years is unlikely. According to the analysts at SNSMT if it is not given a specific boost, the real earnings are not expected to return to their 2005–9 levels until 2018–19.
if discretionary cuts to benefits and tax credits are imposed by the
Govt. of Odisha (which is highly restricted and guided to the health
of the money market in Odisha), it will still put a downward pressure
on real incomes, particularly for low-income households. Given this,
it seems very unlikely that the living standards will recover to
their pre-crisis levels; all this can be attributed to the lack of
fore vision in policy formulation by the Government of Odisha.