Cabinet committee finalises report on wage board for newsmen: Quader

DHAKA, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul

Quader today said a cabinet committee on the Ninth Wage Board Award for

newspaper and news agency journalists and employees has finalized its report

for cabinet endorsement after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's return home.

The cabinet committee today at its fourth meeting has finalized the

report on ninth wage board award . . . we think the report is realistic and

logical, Quader, who heads the sevenmember cabinet committee, told newsmen

at a press conference at the Information Ministry.

He added that the committee decided to send its report to cabinet division

to be placed before the full cabinet after the premier's return home from

Britain on August 5 and after the final approval (by the cabinet), a gazette

will be published for its implementation.

Quader, also the general secretary of ruling Awami League, said the

committee prepared the report after holding meetings with the concerned

stakeholders in phases and prepared a realistic and logical report.

Most other members of the committee, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak,

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Industries Ministries Nurul Majid

Mohammad Humayun and state minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid attended

the press conference, also joined by state minister for information Dr Murad

Hasan.

The information minister, however, said the ninth wage board award was

meant alone for newspaper and news agency journalists and employees but the

electronic media journalists and employees could be brought under its purview

as well after the passage of a pending law on the mass media workers in

parliament.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)