Ninth wage board gazette to be published quickly : PM

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SANGSAD BHABAN, Feb 13, 2019 (BSS) – Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina today said
the government will publish quickly the gazette of the ninth wage board award
after scrutinizing the recommendations submitted by the wage board.

“The ninth wage board has recommended to pay 45 per cent dearness allowance
(DA) for the media workers of all the newspapers,” she said while responding
to a starred question placed by treasury bench lawmaker Mostafizur Rahman
Chowdhury of Chattagram-16 in the Jatiya Sangsad with Speaker Dr Shirin
Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

The government has announced the ninth wage board and the government is
taking active role to implement the wage board award for all the journalists,
the PM told the House.

Sheikh Hasina said the government has been forming wage board regularly after
each five years to ensure remunerations and other benefits for the
journalists and media workers.

Besides, the government has enacted mass media workers (service and
condition) act in order to ensure services for the mass media workers at
press and electronic media, the PM added.

About the broadcast act, 2018, the leader of the house said the cabinet has
approved the draft of the broadcast act in principle in October 15 in 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.

A total of Taka 10.07 crore financial assistance was given to some 1,396
journalists from the trust between 2011-12 and 2018-19 fiscal year, said the
Prime Minister.

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