DHAKA, March 22, 2017 (BSS) - Journalists today placed a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanding immediate constitution of the 9th Wage Board for both print and electronic media.
Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) led by BFUJ President Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul and Secretary General Omar Faruque handed over the memorandum to Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim at his office.
The other members of the delegation included BFUJ Treasurer Madhusudan Mondal, Vice President Monotosh Basu, Joint Secretary General Omiya Ghatak Pulok, Federal Executive Members Swapan Dasgupta and Mofida Akhbar and DUJ General Secretary Sohel Haidar Chowdhury.
Receiving the memorandum, Ihsanul Karim said he will convey the journalists' demand to the Prime Minister and hand over the memorandum to her.
Earlier, several hundred journalists from different units held a rally at Jatiya Press Club and chanted slogans demanding immediate constitution of the 9th Wage Board for them.
Manjurul, who chaired the rally, said President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have extended their moral support to the immediate announcement of 9th Wage Board, but the Information Ministry has been making unnecessary delay in this regard.
"We are on the streets as part of our democratic movement for realization of the 9th Wage Board for both print and electronic media and we won't go back home without it," he said, adding that similar programmes were staged across the country for the same demand.
Omar Faruque said after implementation of the 9th pay scale for the government officers and employees, the demand for constitution of 9th wage board for the journalists is logical.
DUJ President Shaban Mahmud and GS Sohel Haidar also spoke among others.
The journalists brought out a procession from the Jatiya Press Club towards the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
The procession was halted at Matsya Bhaban Crossing by members of the law enforcement agency. Later, the journalist leaders were taken to the PMO for handing over the memorandum.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)