The board was formed in January last year to propose a new structure for salary and other benefits of journalists and employees working in newspapers and news agencies
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government will very soon publish the gazette of the Ninth Wage Board award after scrutinizing the recommendations submitted by the board.
She made the remarks in parliament while responding to a starred question placed by treasury bench lawmaker Mostafizur Rahman Chowdhury from Chittagong 16 constituency.
Saying the Wage Board has recommended 45% dearness allowance (DA) for the journalists and employees working in newspapers and news agencies, the prime minister stressed that the government was taking an active role to implement the board’s recommended awards.
She said the government has been forming wage board regularly every five years to ensure remunerations and other benefits for the journalists and media workers.
Besides, the government has enacted Media Employees Act (Conditions of Service) in order to ensure services for the mass media workers at press and electronic media, added the prime minister.
She also said that the cabinet approved the draft of the Broadcast Act in principle on October 15 last year, adding that there is ample scope to take legal action against the television channels if they broadcast fake news.
In addition to this, the government has formed Bangladesh Journalists Welfare Trust for providing financial assistance to the journalists who are ill, financially insolvent, injured and deceased, she said.
A total of Tk10.07 crore financial assistance was given to some 1,396 journalists from the trust between 2011-12 and 2018-19 fiscal year, she said.
The Ninth Wage Board was formed in January last year to propose a new structure for salary and other benefits of journalists and employees working in newspapers and news agencies.