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Journos demand 9th wage board by Dec 3

Journalists of both electronic and print media today staged countrywide rallies, processions and submitted memorandum to the authorities concerned demanding immediate announcement of ninth wage board to enhance salaries with other benefits.

The unusual price hike of essentials is severely affecting the life of the media people due to pay redoubling of government officials, employees and other professionals," Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), told a rally as the chief guest in front of Jatiya Press Club here this noon.

Chaired by Shaban Mahmud, president of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), the rally was addressed, among others, by BFUJ secretary general Omar Faruque, DUJ general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury, BFUJ joint secretary general Amiya Ghatak Pulack, DUJ leaders Noor-e-Jannat Akhter Sima, Akhter Hossain , Mahmudur Rahman Khokan and former DRU president Shakhawat Hossain Badsha.

BFUJ secretary general Omar Faruque urged the information minister to form the wage board by December 3, 2016. Otherwise, he warned, the journalist community will be compelled to go for tough movement including sit-in-demonstration across the country from December 4.

After the rally, the journalists brought out a procession on Topkhana Road. Before going to information ministry to submit a memorandum, the journalist leaders thanked their members in Dhaka and all affiliated unions for making today's programme a success.

Later, they went to the ministry of information where secretary of the ministry Martuza Ahmed received the memorandum on behalf of the minister as he was not present.

Receiving the memorandum, Ahmed informed the journalist leaders that formation of ninth wage board is under process and his office would be able to announce it soon.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)