Friday, 18th April 2014

Minimum wage to journos bleak: MRFC

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The minimum remuneration fixation committee (MRFC) discussed extensively on the problems facing the working journalists in the government and private media at a meeting held at the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The MRFC held the meeting at a time it was criticized for not working in concrete for the welfare of the working journalists since it inception. The participants spoke on how the provision of minimum wage to the journalists could be implemented strictly in the media.

As many as 6,519 newspapers, 502 FM radios, 300 media portals and 49 televisions channels have been registered where some 25,000 journalists and 75,000 employees were affiliated.

Among the total working journalists, 57 percent media houses have not provided appointment letters.

Chairman of the MRFC, Khem Bhandari, said the condition of media house was quite appalling and implementation of the working journalists was very discouraging. According to him, most of the media houses were anarchic and government was apathetic towards the rights of the journalists.

"Almost 80 percent media houses have flouted the government's provision on minimum wage of Rs 10,008 to a journalist. Ninety percent of the private sector has not implemented it," he added.

He shared that the MRFC would organise extensive programmes with the participation of media houses, stakeholders, working journalists and employees in this month.

Similarly, a proposal to amend the Working Journalists' Act would be sent to the parliament within this year. The MRFC would begin action against the media houses which did not pay the minimum wage to the journalists.

On the occasion, representatives of the employee association from various government and private media had stressed on security and safety of the journalists and employees in the media.