Why are the wages for farm labourers in Palampur less than minimum wages?

The wages of the farm labourers are less than minimum wages because the land is fixed and population is increasing day by day which leads to increase in labour force. As more labour is available, there is an apparent sense of competition amongst the laborers which leads to many of them accepting even the low wages if it guarantees them continued employment.

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In your region, talk to two labourers. Choose either farm labourers or labourers working at construction sites. What wages do they get? Are they paid in cash or kind? Do they get work regularly? Are they in debt?

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