Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said that the ninth Wage Board will be declared soon after discussion with the prime minister.
“We don’t want to ‘hang it any longer,”’ the Awami League (AL) General Secretary said.He made the remark after a ministerial meeting on the ninth Wage Board with deferent journos organisations at his secretariat office today.
Earlier, Obaidul Quader sat with media representatives to discuss issues about declaration of 9th Wage Board for the journalists.
Quader said, “We’ve listened to the opinions of owners, labourers, Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Sramik Oikya Federation.”
He said it is illogical and non-realistic to keep the issue unsettled any longer. Now the cabinet committee will sit and the decision will be taken after discussions with the Prime Minister, he added.
Replying to a question over the inclusion of electronic media in the wage board, Quader said, “The wage board is only meant for print media and there’s no scope to include the electronic media in it suddenly.”
But the issue is under consideration of the Information Ministry, he added.Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Industries Minister Nurul Mazid Mahmud Humayun, State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khalid and State Minister for Information Ministry Murad Hasan were present in the meeting.
Newspaper Owners’ Association’s president Matiur Rahman, vice president AK Azad, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) president Mollah Jalal, BFUJ general secretary Shaban Mahmood, Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) president Abu Zafar Surjo and DUJ general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury, were, among others, present at the meeting.