Government Policy

Inu promises to constitute “soon” wage board for newsmen

DHAKA, Mar 9, 2017 (BSS) - Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu today promised to form and implement "soon" a wage board to review pay structure in print and electronic media as journalists are set to stage a nationwide protest over the "delay" in the process.

"The government is working for quick formation of the 9th wage board" for journalists and media workers," an official release quoted him as saying as a delegation of newspaper press workers and employees met the minister at his secretariat office.

The minister's comments came as newsmen's apex forum Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) issued a statement urging newsmen to stage a countrywide demonstration on March 12 accusing authorities of delay dally in forming of the wage board.

Inu said his ministry earlier sought nominations from the concerned stakeholders to form the proposed nine-member board immediately after the government approved the proposal for constituting the 9th wage board in January this year.

BFUJ and Bangladesh Federal Union of Newspaper Press Workers already nominated their nominees.

Inu said the ministry now awaited nominations from the newspaper owners and expected their forum, Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB), and Bangladesh Newspaper Employees Federation would send immediately names of their nominees.

The minister said the government for the first time decided to bring in purview of wage board the newsmen and employees of private TV and radio channels in principle eliciting stakeholders' opinions.

BNEF's President M Matiur Rahman Talukder and BFUNPW's President M Alamgir Hossen Khan also handed over a 10-point memorandum to the minister on behalf of their organizations.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)