The Law and Justice Ministry late on Thursday night cleared the notification for the implementation of the recommendations of the Wage Boards for the journalists and other employees of the newspapers/news agencies and sent it to the Labour and Employment ministry for gazetting it.
Labour Minister Mallikarujun Kharge, who is in Bangalore, told The Hindu on Friday that it would be only a matter of one or two days for issuing the notification as he was yet to receive the file. “I will clear it as soon as I receive it,” he said assuring that there would be no delay from him.
The union cabinet approved the Boards’ recommendations relating to the wages and allowances of the media employees on October 25 this year. The labour ministry had sent the approval to the to the legislation section of the law and justice ministry for vetting, which is mandatory before issuing the notification.
Justice G.R. Majithia, who headed the Wage Boards for the Journalists and the other employees, in its recommendation, said the revised basic pay, variable pay at the rate of 35 per cent and DA have to be implemented from July 1, 2010, and the HRA, transport, night shift, medical and other allowances from the date of issuance of gazette notification.
Source : The Hindu.