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
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
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)