In Harvana, India, it would seem that security guards, computer operators and even nurses earn less than donkeys!

Animal activists have championed the cause of these much abused beasts of burden and no doubt would smile at this absurd fact because it is a step in the right direction.

This is not unheard of even in the western world as in the case of the classic film, The Wizard of Oz, which was made in 1939. The Cairn terrier who played Dorothy’s dog, Toto, made more money ($250 per day) than the munchkins that lined the yellow brick road to Oz.

The office of the deputy commissioner has finally recognized the plight of the donkey in India and fixed the rate of pay for the year 2010-2011 for these creatures that cannot fight for their rights as they endure a daily and arduous grind.

The much-flogged beast of burden is paid 250 Indian rupees per day (a little more than $5.50 US) in Panchkula, Haryana, which is better than what many state government contract employees earn.

One such position that has been affected by this change is the once coveted post of patwari. This government official deals with revenue matters of the district and state and earns 220 Indian rupees per day.

In addition, security guards, computer operators, watchmen, gardeners and even nurses are paid less than a donkey, or a mule. A nurse is usually paid some 210 rupees per day, and security guards, gardeners and computer operators earn about 200 rupees as daily wages.

The donkey’s sad situation is at least being considered, even though there are no indications that its daily chores will be in any way lightened. Despite this, there is still quite a bit that is very much askew with this situation that has nothing at all to do with donkeys.

What is an acceptable minimum wage for those of us with two legs and those (not of us) with four?




M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry ( feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.