Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said a new cabinet committee will be formed to review the recommendations of the Ninth Wage Board on raising salaries of newspaper and news agency employees.
“We’ll then hold talks with media leaders and stakeholders and later we will work to implement the new wage scale as quickly as possible. The Ninth Wage Board award would be effective soon,” he added.The minister came up with the statements while addressing newsmen at Sagor-Runi auditorium of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) on Sunday.
The government will do everything for the development of online media, Dr Hasan Mahmud said.
On December 9 last year, a cabinet committee headed by the cultural affairs minister was formed to review the recommendations of the Ninth Wage Board.
The eighth pay structure for newspaper and news agency workers was announced on September 15, 2013, boosting the basic wage by 75 percent. It came into effect on September 11 on that year.
On January 29 last year, the government formed the Ninth Wage Board led by retired Appellate Division Justice Mohammed Nizamul Huq to set the new salary structure for workers at newspapers and news agencies.
Later, the government announced that journalists and other employees of newspapers and news agencies will receive 45 percent dearness allowance, effective retrospectively from March 1.The head of the Ninth Wage Board Justice Mohammed Nizamul Huq subsequently submitted its recommendations to the then information minister Hasanul Haq Inu at his secretariat office on November 4.