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Government to study wage boards' recommendations

J. Balaji

NEW DELHI: The Union Labour and Employment Ministry will study the recommendations made by the Wage Boards for working journalists and non-journalists and other newspaper employees, headed by Justice G.R. Majithia, before forwarding its report to the Cabinet.

Talking to The Hindu, Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said in Bangalore on Saturday that he planned to hold a meeting with his department officials next week to discuss the recommendations. There would also be a joint meeting with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry as the latter was in charge of registration of newspapers and news establishments and accreditation of journalists.

The Labour departments in the States and Union Territories would monitor the enforcement of the new wages once the Union Cabinet approved the recommendations, subject to modification, and gazetted them. Mr. Kharge promised that the department would ensure strict compliance with the decisions taken on the new wages.

The Wage Boards, which presented their report to the Labour Ministry on Friday, recommended among other things an increase in the basic salary in the range of 2.5 to 3 times, fixing the age of superannuation at 65, introduction of variable pay and a hike in allowances.

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