80% works to form journalists wage board is completed: Inu

DHAKA – Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu today said 80 percent of the work on the 9th Wage Board for journalists is completed so far and expected the process to be completed soon as newsmen and press workers were waging a massive campaign for their pay hike. “The Information Ministry wants the welfare of journalists and so we announced the 8th Wage Board for journalists in September 2013 . . . we are preparing for the announcement of the next one,” he said while inaugurating a week-long digital photography exhibition on Bangabandhu, reports BSS.

Inu, however, said while journalists, employees and owners – all need to be represented in the Board – “the owners, even after repeated requests had not send in their nominations”.

“We hope they will soon,” the minister said.

He also said it would not be helpful if an Award was announced, unilaterally, by-passing the owners and if “we are to take such a decision then journalists, employees and the information ministry have to talk to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and decide on the matter”.

“But we are still hopeful that the owners would send in their representatives, soon,” Inu said.

Press Information Department (PID) organized the exhibition at the premises of the Clinic Bhavan at Bangladesh Secretariat.

He said the journalists had great contribution in the Liberation War.

Inu said in view of journalists contribution to the Independence, Bangabandhu formed the Wage Board for journalist in 1974.

“In continuation the government of Sheikh Hasina is working for the welfare of journalists. She had formed a media-friendly policy, a journalists’ welfare fund and announced wage boards, regularly,” he said.

Paying deep respect to Bangabandhu and his family members, he said that the month of August was not only a month of mourning but also a month to stand up against anti-Liberation forces.