Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu has said the gazette notification on dearness allowances for journalists as recommended by the ninth wage board (for journalists), will be issued soon after the prime minister returns home from London.
He made the remark at a meeting with reporters at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) auditorium in Dhaka on Saturday.
Turning to BNP leaders’ allegations that their party chief, Khaleda Zia, has been put in jail as part of a “government ploy to keep her out of the next polls,” Inu said: “Her imprisonment and bail are a matter to be settled by the court. We've nothing to do with this.”
Once the election schedule is announced, the government does not, and will not, do anything that may have a bearing on the election, the minister said.
"The [interim] government will only carry out routine tasks as are done in all democracies."
Discussing various achievements of the current government at length, the minister claimed that it had restored Bangladesh to its basic foundations and asserted the rule of law by bringing criminals to book and ensuring economic growth of the country.
Responding to questions about certain controversial sections in the proposed Digital Security Act, Inu said the act was open to all stakeholders and citizens for their suggestions.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018.