7th Wage Board formed for media people
Thursday, 28 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The government on Tuesday formed the 7th Wage Board with retired judge of the High Court Division Habibur Rahman Khan as its chairman to recommend increased wages for journalists, employees and press workers after reviewing the 6th Wage Board.

The nine-member wage board will submit its recommendations to the government within two months, said an official announcement.

The other members of the board are Prothom Alo editor Motiur Rahman, Jugantor editor Golam Sarwar, Independent publisher and editor Mahbubul Alam, BSS managing director and chief editor Jaglul Ahmed Chowdhury and Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad member-secretary Ruhul Amin Gazi, its co-convener Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul and members Abul Hashem and Khairul Islam. The deputy secretary (Law and Order) of the ministry of information, Khurshid Alam, was made secretary of the board.

As per its terms of reference, the newly constituted 7th Wage Board will review the 6th Wage Board Award for the announcement of the 7th Wage Board Award in consultation with all parties concerned, aiming to remove discrepancies in salaries and allowances of the journalists, employees and press workers.

The board will also make recommendations after discussion with all concerned for taking measures against those newspapers that will not implement the government-announced wage board award.

The board will recommend whether those newspapers that will not implement the wage board award would get zero tariff facility in newsprint import and other facilities, including advertisement.

Earlier, the government had approved the final recommendations of the 6th Wage Board Award relating to salaries, allowances and other benefits for the journalists, employees and press workers on December 6, 2007.

But the journalists and press workers rejected the 6th Wage Board Award for various discrepancies.

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