Cabinet, information and labour secretaries asked to reply to the HC order within 4 weeks
The High Court on Wednesday issued a rule asking authorities concerned to explain as to why it shall not declare illegal the recommendation made in the 9th Wage Board Award for journalists and workers of newspapers and news agencies, regarding income tax and gratuity.
A High Court division virtual bench comprising Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim issued the rule, after holding primary hearing on a writ filed in this regard.
The court in its rule asked cabinet, information and labour secretaries to reply to its order in four weeks.
According to the chapter 12 of the cabinet committee recommendations for the Ninth Wage Board, income tax levied on the salaries of journalists, press workers and administrative employees have to be paid from their respective income.
Journalists, press workers and administrative employees working at newspapers and news agencies of all categories will get yearly gratuity equal to his one month of basic salary based on his last month’s draw, for his service ranging six months or more.
Mohammad Mahbubuzzaman, general secretary of the Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Employees’ Union, filed the writ petition on November 22, challenging the said two provisions of the Ninth Wage Board with the concerned branch of the High Court.
Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Mohammad Kamrul Islam Milon appeared on behalf of the petitioner.