New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has approved the setting up of a new wage board to recommend the minimum emoluments and perquisites for working journalists, it was announced Monday.
"Formal orders regarding this will be issued shortly by the labour ministry," said a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office.
"Working journalists may be reassured that the prime minister has fulfilled the assurance he had given them when they had called on him last year."
The government had set up previous wage boards in 1956, 1963, 1975, 1985 and 1994. The 4th wage board was constituted in July 1985 and its recommendations came in May 1989, which were accepted by the government in 1990.
The latest one was set up in September 1994 under the chairmanship of Justice Raj Kumar Manisana Singh, a retired chief justice of the Guwahati High Court.
The government accepted its interim report in September 1996 and issued the necessary notification in April 1995. Another notification, based on the final report, came in December 2000.
Wage boards are constituted under the Working Journalists and other Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955 that regulates the conditions of employment of journalists and employees of news agencies and newspapers.