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Manmohan Singh approves wage board for working journalists

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has approved the constitution of a Wage Board for Working Journalists.

New Delhi, May 21 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has approved the constitution of a Wage Board for Working Journalists.

Formal orders regarding this will be issued shortly by the Union Labour Ministry.

Working journalists may be re-assured that the Prime Minister has fulfilled the assurance he had given them when they had called on him last year.

According to the Ministry of Labour, the Working Journalists and Other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955 regulates conditions of service of working journalists and other persons employed in newspaper establishments.

This Act provides for the setting up of wage boards for fixation and revision of rates of wages in respect of working journalists, newspaper/news agency employees.

In the past, wage boards for such employees were set up in the years 1956, 1963, 1975 and 1985.

In September 1994, the Government constituted two wage boards: one for working journalists and the other for the non-journalist newspaper and news agency employees under the common Chairmanship of Rajkumar Manisana Singh, former Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court.

The Manisana Wage Boards submitted their final recommendations to the Government on July 25, 2000. After examining the recommendations, the Government decided to accept them in toto with some minor modifications, and notifications to this effect were issued through an official gazette.

All States and Union Territories were asked to take effective measures for implementing the recommendations of the wage boards. Specifically, they were asked to set up tripartite committees and implementation cells for speedy and effective implementation of the same.

The Central Government on its part has set up a central-level monitoring committee in the Ministry of Labour to oversee the implementation of wage board's recommendations.

Earlier this month, the Goa Union of Journalists commemorated May Day by organizing a rally at the Azad Maidan, Panjim.

Led by newly-elected chief Suhasini Prabhugaonkar, journalists were called upon to unite and actively participate in the on-going movement for expediting the long due wage board.

A demand was also made for a 50 percent interim relief pending, the finalisation and implementation of the proposed new wage board. The State Government was also urged to enhance financial allocation to the tune of Rs one crore to the corpus fund of the Journalists' Pension Scheme.


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