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HC: Why no wage board for electronic media people

  • Published at 09:18 pm November 12th, 2019
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The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman made the ruling yesterday following a petition filed by a journalist

The High Court asked the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to bring journalists and employees of the electronic media under the purview of the 9th Wage Board.

The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman made the ruling yesterday following a petition filed by a journalist.

It also wanted to know as to why three recommendations of the Cabinet Committee on the 9th wage board should not be declared illegal. 

The three cabinet committee recommendations were: journalists and workers of newspapers and news agencies should pay their income tax themselves, they should get a one month gratuity, and the ninth wage board should be implemented in phases.

The court asked the information secretary and the labour secretary to respond to the rule within the next four weeks.

The court issued its order after holding a hearing on a writ petition filed by Chittagong Journalists Union (CJU) General Secretary, Hasan Ferdous. The petitioner filed the writ, saying the recommendations were contrary to other decisions in the ninth wage board gazette.

Advocate Tirtha Salil Paul stood for the petitioner.

On August 5, the Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) filed a writ petition with the High Court, challenging the legality of the recommendation process of finalizing new salary structures in the 9th Wage Board.

On September 12, the government published in form of a gazette the “Ninth Wage Board Award” for journalists and workers of newspapers and news agencies effective from the date of notification.